What are the benefits of pink Himalayan salt?
Himalayan Crystal salt has quickly gained steam as a new health fad. What are the benefits? Here's a sceptical commentary....
If you're one of the workers in a salt mine, the benefits are obvious. You get a paycheck. If you are a store that sells pink Himalayan salt, you make handsome profits.
Superstitious people who believe malarkey like "Himalayan salt is more like your blood" or "Himalayan salt is more natural" will pay huge amounts of money for it, resulting in profit margins anywhere from 15 times to 25 times higher than for regular salt.
If you're a person who eats salt, there are no benefits. None. Zip. Zero.
In fact, Himalayan salt is arguably less healthy for you, because it contains trace impurities that are extremely toxic, including radioactive substances like uranium, radium, and thorium and trace amounts of extremely poisonous elements like thallium.
The amounts of these things are small enough that it probably isn't a health risk, but the superstitious who blab about the health benefits of Himalayan salt also say things like "there is no such thing as a safe dose of a toxin", so if that's true, stay away from Himalayan salt.
[But hey, it is pretty! Ed]