Whenever we hear the word "salt", only three things come to our mind- NaCl (the chemical formula of salt), how it is related to maintaining the levels of iodine in the body and its major use as flavouring and preserving agent in foods. But, is there something that we are missing? Yes, a lot actually.
Gone are the days of knowing and using just two to three types of salt- table salt, rock salt and black salt. While the ones that we have grown up eating and seeing the advertisements on TV about are good enough in their own place, there is a whole variety of salts that exists in our own country and have abundance of health benefits and flavour profile.
Here's a list of salts you should know about.
1. Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt, as the name suggests, is a pink-coloured salt extracted from Khewra Salt Mine, which is located near the Himalayas in Pakistan. The Khewra Salt Mine is believed to be one of the oldest and largest salt mines in the world. Just like regular salt, pink salt contains high amounts of sodium chloride. But unlike table salt, pink salt is naturally extracted and minimal processing ensures that the end product is free of additives and yet unrefined. For this reason, it has other minerals which are not present in table salt.
Because of these added minerals, this salt gets it characteristic pink colour. In addition, Pink Salt has some health benefits as well. Although there is very little research to support these claims. Some of these health benefits are improving respiratory diseases, balancing body's pH levels, improving sleep quality, regulating blood sugar and reducing signs of ageing.
2. White Himalayan Salt
White Himalayan Salt is one of the rarest of Himalayan Salts and freest of impurities while still containing all the benefits of pink salt. Himalayas has a variety of salts which differ in composition, pattern and colour ranging from white to pink to red. The main reason behind this variety in colour is because of the presence/absence of iron oxide. White Himalayan salt is free of impurities and has almost zero amount of iron oxide and hence, the pale white colour. But, just like pink salt, it contains 84 naturally occurring minerals and is rich in negative ions, which helps in stress reduction and boosts energy.
Buy Tassyam White Himalayan Salt granules which is 100% natural and has no added flavour and preservatives.