Does Himalayan Salt have Iodine – There is a growing interest in food and healthier living habits. The desire to take care of food, in particular, is very valuable. But often, people are “lost” to so many “boards” and options offered by the food market.
“Many new products are pure fashions, designed just to make us spend money,” says Camila Secches, an endocrinologist with SBEM (Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabology), a specialist in nutriology at ABRAN (Brazilian Association of Nutrology) and a professor of endocrinology at Faculty of Medicine of Itajubá.
And the Himalayan Salt Rose, what is it? Is it really beneficial to health? Is it worth putting it in the place of ordinary salt?
You give the answers to these and other questions below so that, at the end of the reading, you feel safer to choose the “ideal salt” for your food.
What is Rose Salt?
Why has he gained so much prominence? Camila explains that about 200 million years ago, the sea reached the bed of the Himalayan ridge, which is located in Asia and crosses several countries, such as China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. “The sea has gradually moved away from the mountain range over the years, but left a layer of crystals of sea salt on the ground,” he says.
“Years later, this salt was covered with volcanic lava. It is believed that lava has protected salt from pollution and climate change, and so today, Himalayan Rose Salt is the purest salt found on the planet. The various shades of pink depending on the quantity and quality of the minerals that make it, especially the proportion of iron, “says the specialist in nutriology.
Benefits of Himalayan Rose Salt for Health
Camila explains that the Himalayan Rose Salt is naturally rich in iodine. “It has less than ¼ of its composition in sodium and contains more than 80 types of minerals and elements that include magnesium, calcium, potassium, and bicarbonate,” he says.
Because it contains so many minerals, the Himalayan Rose Salt, according to the endocrinologist Camila, can be associated with several situations:
- Maintain the body’s hydroelectrolyte balance;
- Restore the pH of the stomach;
- Reduce the risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease;
- Reduce the incidence of goiter ( thyroid enlargement );
- Prevent cramps;
- Maintain good health of bones and teeth;
- Help the intestine to absorb nutrients.
“It is naturally free of microorganisms and, because it has less sodium than ordinary salt, it has less impact on blood pressure levels,” adds Camila.
Himalayan Pink Salt x Sea Salt x Salt Common
Understand why there is much talk today about Himalayan Rose Salt and why it is considered the healthiest option.
Common Salt: Camila explains that the process of refinement of common salt eliminates all its minerals and preserves only chloride and sodium. “Sodium is primarily responsible for raising blood pressure. As the amount of sodium in the common salt is greater than in the Himalayan Rose Salt, we can only eat 3 to 5g per day. As for Sal Rose, the ideal consumption is 6 to 10g per day (double), “he says.
“In addition, common salt undergoes a process of chemical whitening and treatment with anti-aggregating substances (not to form lumps when exposed to moisture) and is unnecessarily heated to high temperatures. Also, the iodine added to the salt is often synthetic, which hampers the proper use of the body, “adds the expert in nutriology.
Rose Salt: The Himalayan Rose Salt, on the other hand, does not undergo refinement or processing, nor receives chemical additives. “It is naturally rich in iodine,” says Camila.
Sea salt: although the pink salt comes from the mountains, it is also technically a sea salt, according to Camila. “Himalayan Rose Salt is the purest form of sea salt available. Rose Salt is better than sea salt, but any sea salt is nutritionally superior to ordinary salt. The more refined the sea salt or any salt, the worse its quality. The pink salt is marketed pure, without going through any chemical process, nor for refinement or processing “, he emphasizes.
How to use Rose Salt?
It is used for cooking, as a substitute for common salt, and also for seasoning salads, for example. “Blocks of Pink Salt are also used as tables to serve and/or prepare food. Fish and some cuts of meat can be preserved in Rose Salt before its preparation. Pink Salt blocks can still be heated to temperatures of 200 to 400F and used as a cooking surface, “says Camila.
The recommended daily amount is related to the sodium content and should not exceed 2.3 g or 2,300 mg of sodium, according to the endocrinologist.
Rose Salt is also used in cosmetics such as bath salts. “Bathing with Himalayan Rose Salt promises to be a relaxing and therapeutic experience for mind and body,” Camila says.
Salt is still used in decorative objects such as potpourri and essential aromatherapy oils. “Another very common object made from the Rose Salt is the Himalayan Salt Lamps. It is a kind of salt candle, dug from a larger stone of Pink Salt, with an incandescent bulb or a candle in it. When illuminated, the crystals of salt emit a soft and warm light “, emphasizes Camila.