Salt is by default bringing more flavor to our dishes. Albanians mostly use rock salt and iodized salt, however lately, they have fallen in love with the pink salt also known as Himalayan salt. It all started as a myth among housewives who were marveled about the salt’s nutritional values but with no information to back up their theories. When women talk about diets, they also discuss about the excessive use of salt which keeps water stored in the body and as such increases body weight and poses a high risk for high blood pressure according to many studies conducted from food organizations. This is how the pink salt gained reputation. Himalayan salt is different from the sea salt and has no negative effects. Many households use pink salt although it is far more expensive than the usual salt. What are their values and which one shall we use?
Sea salt consists of very important minerals, vital to our wellbeing. Its main compounds are sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl) but some might also include potassium, iron and zinc. In salt you can also find traces of other heavy materials such as lead.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrional published an article arguing that sodium is one of the most negative compounds in gourmet salt and analysis have revealed that people easily developed high blood pressure and were in high risk from cardiovascular diseases.
Another article revealed that salt consumers face a major risk from coronary diseases. These studies back up the theory that “white poisons” also known as salt, sugar and flour must be avoided or consumed at moderation and rarely to guarantee a healthy living. Some researchers believe that table salt is necessary to people who lack iodine and use salt as a backup.
Then we have Himalayan salt which is rich in iron, a material that provides the beautiful pink color. Studies on pink salt revealed traces of 84 materials including some radioactive substances like radium, uranium, and polonium. It also includes substances that act as poisons, like thallium.
Nevertheless the amounts of these substances are small. Himalayan salt also has sodium which means that using it will not save us from future risks of cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. The table below has all the elements that four types of salt have in common such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and sodium.
Everybody has reservations about the table salt and Himalayan salt.
Nevertheless, all of us agree that the less salt we use in our daily life the safer we will be from heart and kidney diseases.
*Rezarta Delisula is Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Gazeta Shqiptare working as a journalist since 1998. With 17 years of professional experience, her stories mainly focus on social concerns and environmental issues. Rezarta is also an organic products avid and gardening passionate, largely interested in green lifestyle. She is a contributing writer at agroweb.org.