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    Sarah Aboody

What is Himalayan Salt

What is Himalayan Salt? Only the best kind of salt there is!

Himalayan Salt comes from the salt of ancient seas millions of years ago. As tectonic plates shifted, what was once an ocean floor gradually became the foothills of the Himalayas as we see them today.

The salt that remains in these foothills is naturally pure without the pollutants that are found in modern seas. Because of this pollution, sea salt from today has to be stripped or ‘washed’ to remove impurities. This ‘washing’ also removes all the natural elements that were in the ancient seas we evolved from. Other salts are not natural to the body - manufactured salt is a chemical composition of Sodium and Chloride. Sea salt is better but because of the washing, many of the nutrients (and taste) are stripped away.

Himalayan Pink Salt Vs Regular Salt

For example, you have probably noticed the lovely pink colour in Himalayan Salt. This is because of the presence of iron and copper and other minerals. These essential elements are removed in the washing process.

While salt cannot be certified organic (as it is not an agriculturally grown product - similar to why there is no such thing as certified organic water), Himalayan Salt has similar properties that certified organic products strive for. It has no additives, chemicals, or processes of any kind - it is simply hand mined out and ground into salty crystals.

There are however different grades of salt - A, B, and C grade. My Gourmet only uses A grade salt for our edible products.

Have you tried a taste test for yourself? Try a small sample of a standard salt, and compare to the taste of a Himalayan Salt. You’ll probably find you prefer the Himalayan Salt, for it’s subtle, nuanced flavour. You may even find that using standard salt makes you thirsty, while Himalayan Salt doesn’t.

Give it a try and let us know what you think! Sign up for our mini-recipe book for some ideas!

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    Sarah Aboody