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Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Types of Salt: Himalayan vs Kosher vs Regular vs Sea Salt
Kris Gunnars BSc writes:
"Salt is arguably one of the world’s most important cooking ingredients. Without it, many meals would taste bland and unappealing. However, not all salt is created equal. There are many varieties to choose from. These include table salt, Himalayan pink salt, kosher salt, sea salt and Celtic salt, just to name a few. Not only do they differ in taste and texture, but also in mineral and sodium content. This article explores the most popular salt types and compares their nutritional properties.
What Is Salt?
Salt is made of two minerals, sodium and chloride, which are essential for human life. Too much salt can raise blood pressure, but there is very little evidence that eating less salt can improve health. Refined Salt (Regular Table Salt)
Refined table salt is mostly composed of sodium chloride, with anti-caking agents added to prevent clumping. Iodine is often added to table salt as well.
Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater. Though very similar to regular salt, it may contain small amounts of minerals. It also contains trace amounts of heavy metals and microplastics.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan salt is harvested from a large salt mine in Pakistan. It has a pink colour due to the presence of iron oxide. It also contains trace amounts of calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Kosher salt has a flaky structure that makes it easy to spread atop your food. Though it’s not much different than regular salt, it’s less likely to contain anti-caking agents and added iodine.
Celtic salt has a light greyish colour and is quite moist. It is made from seawater and contains trace amounts of minerals.
Differences in Taste
The main differences between salts are flavour, colour, texture and convenience.
Salt contains only trace amounts of minerals. As a result, choosing one type of salt over another is unlikely to significantly affect your health.
Which Is Healthiest?
There are no studies comparing the health benefits of different types of salts. However, less processed salts usually do not contain additives.
The Bottom Line
Salt is perhaps the most widely used spice in the world. Some people believe that salt is bad for you, but the reality is not that simple. Though refined table salt is the most common type in the West, a number of other varieties exist. These include Celtic, Himalayan, kosher and sea salt. However, there are few nutritional differences between these various types. While unrefined salts contain fewer additives, the main distinctions involve texture, grain size and flavour. Feel free to experiment and choose the salt that’s right for you.
The above is only a snippet of Kris's article.
You can read it in full, with all related links, here All the best Jan