Salt is sometimes given a bad rap. A minimum of 500 mg per day of sodium is recommended by the National Academy of Sciences to maintain good health. Most American’s reach that minimum easily. It is when you consume excess sodium that proper bodily functions can be impacted.
I use Himalayan Salt. This is in the sea salt family but not technically a sea salt. This is one of the purest salts found on earth. It is one of the purest with the highest mineral count and can lower blood pressure, improve circulation and detox from heavy metals.
Himalayan sea salt is formed naturally within the earth. It has hues of pink, red and white which give visual proof of its high mineral and iron content. It is hand mined from deep within the Himalayan mountains. The sodium crystallized more than 200 million years ago, when ancient sea beds were covered by volcanic lava. This volcanic lava protected the salt from modern day pollution.
If you wish to use Himalayan salt or any other sea salt it is best to purchase it from a reputable source so it remains free of additives and anti-caking agents.
Having said all that – the debate continues between table salt and sea salt. There is no debate about table salt being stripped over minerals (purposely) and does contain additives to prevent clumping. It also has iodine added to it which does not naturally occur in any salt. The flavor is also not debated – because sea salt is not stripped of its minerals end elements it does have enhanced flavor, color and coarseness. In either case – salt still must be limited to minimum standards.
An added benefit of the Himalayan sea salt is the color – it is white, pink and red. You can easily SEE exactly how much you are sprinkling on your food. For someone who must monitor their salt intake – this is very helpful in eyeballing just when too much is too much.