I was in the spice section and saw different salts, so what is the difference between pink salt, sea salt and regular table salt? Is one healthier than the other?
Pink salt is actually a type of sea salt. Although it’s typically known as “rock salt” that comes from mountains, all salt is essentially from a source of water. It’s pinkish in color simply because it has a concentrated amount of well-preserved minerals (pink salt comes from a more pristine environment in the mountains and is hand-mined), making it the purest and arguably the most nutritious salt option on the market.
Both sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium, but regular table salt is highly processed. It contains more additives, less nutrients, and more (added, synthetic) iodine than do other sea salts. Though iodine is essential for thyroid function (and thus, healthy metabolism rates), too much of it can be detrimental to your health. Iodine is found in sea salts/pink salts as well, so using these other options won’t provide a disservice to your body’s iodine stores.
So, in terms of health, pink salts and sea salts may be your best options. They have many other minerals that are stripped from regular table salts through their excessive processing treatments. Table salt still contains sodium, chloride, and iodine, but consuming it means you’re missing out on the plentiful trace minerals found in pink/sea salts. Plus, your intake of other synthetic additives (i.e. additives to reduce clumping) is increased.
So, try to stick with the natural sea salts or pink salts. There’s very little difference, if any, in terms of health benefits between the two, but if you want the purest form of salt out there, then pink salt is probably for you!