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Himalayan Edible Pink Salt

Despite many unsupported health claims about Himalayan pink salt, it is chemically similar to regular table salt, which is sodium chloride (NaCl).

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which keeps detailed nutritional analyses on foods sold in the United States, says that regular table salt has 581mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. In comparison, the USDA reports that Himalayan pink salt has 388mg of sodium per 1/4 teaspoon. This disparity is because pink salt is less dense than regular table salt—owing to its generally coarser grind. When compared by weight, the two are actually equivalent in sodium content.

Himalayan pink salt does contain extra minerals and elements that regular table salt does not. For example, Himalayan pink salt contains trace amounts of potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all minerals that your body needs to stay healthy.

However, just because Himalayan pink salt doesn’t pack any special nutritional boost does not mean you should avoid it. It is perfectly healthy to use as a substitute for conventional table salt—just be aware that marketing claims promising mineral nirvana are unfounded. Still, many people choose this salt simply because of its fun pink color, which is a perfectly good reason to buy it.

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