The Salt Factor

Table salt is out, and pink salt is in!  The latest trend in salt is Himalayan pink salt and we lay down the facts on this 250 million-year-old product.

Originating in the Himalayan Mountains as a food preservation method and currency, pink Himalayan salt can be found in salt lamps, salt spas and salt grinders in kitchens across Australia.

With many health experts warning us to watch our salt daily intake, is this particular variety better for us or just pretty to look at?

Recent studies have found that with the shift from normal table salt to salts such as the pink Himalayan above, we may be getting less iodine than is recommended. But just because table salts have added iodine doesn’t mean they are better for us.  Actually, Himalayan pink salt has many health benefits including water-regulating properties and can ease cramping in the muscles, and can balance the body’s electrolytes.

Ensuring you have enough iodine in your daily intake is important. Deficiencies can result in lowered brain function and a lack of brain development and intelligence in unborn babies or cause a lack in brain function and hyperthyroidism or thyroid enlargement in adults.  

The recommended daily intake of iodine is 150mg per day for the average adult and up to 290mg for pregnant or lactating women.

To increase your iodine intake, you do not need to reach for the chips, just simply increase your fish, seaweed or dairy intake if you feel you may be deficient or decrease your intake in these areas if you are over consuming. A simple blood test can help to confirm your doubts.

When adding salt to cooking why not try the Himalayan pink salt, it may benefit you more than you think.