Yesterday, my lovely aunt accompanied me to the stores, where we ended up hungry shopping at TJ Maxx and I found this gem in the check out line --- thats where they get ya!
I arrived back at strictly salt and showed off my purchase to my husband and father in law and then ripped open the bag. So much salty goodness. We ate a few chips and put the bag away.
Today, I decided I needed a bit of a salty snack to offset the sweetness of the mandarin I just ate and pulled out the Himalayan salted chips and thought to myself, I wonder what it is about Himalayan Salt that is supposed to be so much better for you than regular salt. Of course, in true Nathallie fashion, down the rabbit hole I went into the subject of Himalayan Salt just for you.
How It's Made: Himalayan Salt
Why is Himalayan Salt Pink?
Himalayan salt vs. Other Salt
Pink Himalayan salt is said to help balance the PH in your body, helping regulate your immune functions and encourages good digestion. Your body needs salt to perform a variety of functions such as muscle contraction and relaxation, maintain proper fluid balance and prevent dehydration, and prevents low blood pressure. Recent studies have even suggested that eating Himalayan salt can reduce the risk of infection and kill harmful bacteria. One study on animals suggests that Himalayan salt may also act as an anti depressant!
Some things to consider about salt in general however;
Although sodium is necessary for life, too much sodium can be hazardous to your health. The 2015-2020 Dietary guidelines for American's suggest consuming the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt per day at most.
What about Sea Salt?
Modern sea salt is created by harvesting ocean water or water from salt water lakes. The water that is harvested undergoes an evaporation process and the crystals left behind are used as sea salt. One big concern with sea salt these days is plastic. Studies are showing that sea salt around the world has become contaminated with plastic pollutions. Experts fear that plastics are finding their way into the food chain through the sea salt in our diets, since sea salt was recently marketed as a health food.
The Bottom Line
I really enjoyed researching and writing about consumption of Himalayan salt! I hope you guys learned a little something. I know I did!
Have any salty questions? Leave some comments below!