4 Benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt

Find out why this trendy salt is so good for you.

4 Benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt

By Reina Berger

A long time ago, layers of sea salt crystals deep within the Himalayan mountain range were blanketed by lava. Many experts believe that this lava coating has helped keep the salt clean, pure, and free of environmental pollutants. Somehow, over the course of many years, this mix of red, pink, and white salt has made its way to gourmet food markets and dinner tables across the country. Wondering if it’s as healthy as it is aesthetically pleasing? Keep reading to find out.

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Vitamins and Nutrients

Compared to refined table salt, or even sea salt, pink Himalayan salt contains small amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium, and lower amounts of sodium, making it a healthier choice than regular table salt or sea salt.

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