Why is Himalayan Salt Pink?
The pink Himalayan salt is believed to have been formed 300 million years ago from the evaporation of ancient bodies of water.
These happenings are near the place where the Himalayan Mountains stand today, Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan. Over time this salt has retained its natural purity, thanks to the mountainous region which sealed them from chemicals and pollutants.
That is why Himalayan pink salt is now considered one of the healthiest natural salts known to man.
Himalayan Salt vs Sea Salt vs Table Salt
Sea salt is produced by the solar evaporation of ocean water.
Table salt is produced by mechanical evaporation of brine. The crystallization process from brine leads to a highly purified table salt crystal that has fewer impurities—hence its white color compared to the Himalayan salt hues.
Himalayan Salt is hand-extracted and minimally processed to yield an unrefined product that’s free of additives.
Himalayan salts have varying shades of color, including white, pink, and dark red. It contains up to 84 different minerals and traces elements.
The Mineral Breakdown
Table salt is 99.9% sodium chloride, in Himalayan pink salt, the rock salt is about 98% of sodium chloride.
The remaining 2% of Himalayan is where we find the most health benefits.
Himalayan Pink Salt contains 0.28% potassium, 0.1% magnesium and 0.16% calcium. All of these are essential minerals and elements for basic life functions.
Apart from all these elements, Himalayan salt contains traces of Iodine, Hydrogen, Boron, Nitrogen, Fluoride, Aluminum, Sulfur, Chromium, Manganese, Cobalt, Cadmium, ZincNickel, Selenium, Bromine, Iron, and Molybdenum.
Himalayan salts have varying shades of color, including white, pink and dark red. It’s these same minerals, especially iron, that give them these characteristic colors.