Pure sea salt! Sounds good, right? I mean, what can be wrong with pure? Well, pure just means there’s nothing else. Pure salt is …. just salt, or sodium rather, but sea salt or mined salt contains “impurities”, like minerals. Who wants minerals? I do! We now know that table salt is bad news. Sea salt is considered much better, but is it? That depends on what’s been done to it.
Many companies are now selling sea salt, or promoting the use of sea salt in their products, but if that salt is white, then it isn’t much better than table salt. It’s just tons of sodium without the complimentary nutrients the salt started with.
A salt that retains its natural color is best, as it indicates that all of its minerals are still present. Himalayan pink salt is the most commonly known. There’s also Celtic sea salt, which is gray, and ancient sea bed salt that is typically sold as Redmond RealSalt, which has tones of pink and tan.
Another, less well known salt, is Kala Namak, aka Indian “black salt” or Himalayan “black salt”, which is actually pink with brown or black specks. It has a strong odor of boiled eggs, because its sulfur content is high. It will lend an eggy smell and flavor to foods.
There are some sea salts that have deep color due to added ingredients. Black lava salt is sea salt that has been mixed with activated charcoal. Red salt is rich in minerals and iron and gets its stunning color from red alaea clay. It can be a deep red or a pink color.
A quick note about lava salt: I know that many are using activated charcoal these days, but it shouldn’t be consumed with food. Consuming too much of it, too often, can cause mineral imbalance.
Make sure you get the most benefit from your salt. Avoid white and “pure” salts, read the package labels closely.
You deserve to be mo better!