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Who here uses pink Himalayan salt, and how much?

Commented on February 14, 2015
Created May 22, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I don't use salt for much, but my husband was a salt-fiend before paleo/primal. So I researched a bit and learned about Himalayan pink salt. It is supposedly very old (250 million years old??) and also supposedly contains about 84 trace minerals (including iodine). And it's basically purported to be the "best" sea salt one can use. So, I ordered about 1 pound finely ground, and we've been using it sparingly here and there (honestly I only use it when I crave salt, which isn't often, and the husband barely uses it either). I'm just curious if anyone else uses it? And if so, how much do you use?

I like it. It tastes just like regular salt to me. My husband says it tastes like salt x5, while others on the internet say it tastes a bit more mild than salt. To each his own, yeah?

I also ordered these grilling planks made out of slabs of the salt...Pretty awesome! I haven't tried it yet on the grill. I'm hoping to on my next days off :D

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on May 24, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Actually, if Ray Peat says iron is bad, it's almost definitely good for you. (He's crazy)

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on May 23, 2012
at 04:49 PM

@Lily_7 I guess Kasra is referring to Ray Peats findings. Dr. Peat mentioned how one of his friends analyzed the salt and found out the pink color comes from iron (which could of course very well be true). http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/iron-dangers.shtml I've never understood why doctors prefer to supplement iron while they know it makes you constipated, instead of just telling people to eat some chocolate or even some meat.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:40 AM

What the others have said below is what I do - use as a finishing salt and not as my main. For main it's kosher salt. I also use Maldon and Fleur de Sel.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 23, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Yep - what she said.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I too alternate between the 2.I like the taste of Celtic better.Haven't used regular salt in years.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:42 PM

I did find this. While not a scientific paper, it is interesting: http://www.saltnews.com/2012/03/are-there-dangerous-amounts-of-iron-in-salt/

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:41 PM

@Kasra, why is that a bad thing?

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:36 PM

It would be for my mother in law -- she has hemochromatosis. Luckily, my husband does not.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:24 PM

It also has alot of iron, which is probably a bad thing.

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Ec1503cf03b008d572a067a55050a490

on May 22, 2012
at 09:10 PM

I use it on occasion as a "finishing salt", right after plating my meal. I don't salt everything I eat, but I don't deny myself this flavor enhancer. I feel like I've eliminated so much sodium from my diet just by avoiding processed foods, that this won't be an issue. Plus, HIIT training makes me sweat a lot, so replenishing electrolytes should be considered a good thing.

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on October 08, 2014
at 01:15 AM

Obviously asking a stupid open ended question like this would attract a stupid narrow answer. She didn’t ask you how much you sweat or how you work out, and know one really gives a carp. If you want to jam her, just get her phone number, Facebook page, email address -  you know whatever it takes. Oh, let me guess you didn’t knock her off her feet.

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:06 PM

Right now, I use Celtic sea salt as my cooking salt, and Himalayan pink salt in a grinder as a finishing salt, but that's just because of the configuration they are in.

Pretty much, the salts are the same, with minor differences in trace elements, but you get so little it isn't worth stressing over.

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on May 23, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I too alternate between the 2.I like the taste of Celtic better.Haven't used regular salt in years.

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on May 23, 2012
at 10:56 PM

L.O.V.E the pink stuff! I use it on just about every meal. A couple turns of the mill. I'm with Sousaphil, eating as clean as I do, I don't worry about how much I'm consuming. It's really not that much. I estimate 1/2 teaspoon a day...maybe less. Now, I do eat my bacon, so there's some more. Though it's organic pasture raised from down the road, I don't know what kind of salts they use (I'll ask).

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on May 23, 2012
at 07:12 PM

I don't dislike himalayan, but prefer other sea salts, especially flakey or smoked salts. I find they add a lot more to the food, and the flakey salts get rid of any worry that the food will taste too salty.

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on May 23, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I used to have it, but I did not really like it so I gave it away. I kept the little wooden spoon though. I found another salt I totally love - it called sel marin non raffine de l' Atlantique by DANIVAL. So good! Tastes way better than the pink one!

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:21 PM

I also have some pink Himalayan salt. I find it pretty much identical, especially in terms of taste, to store-bought sea or crystal salt. Despite my efforts, I have not been able to find any Celtic salt in local stores.

My favorite salt it Kosher salt: it's much more finer and tastier than the regular or crystal salt. I'd be curious know if anyone else is into Kosher salt as I am: when I eat my boiled yuca, it has to be Kosher! Or else.

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on May 22, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I use it as a finishing salt, but that's primarily because I'm new to using it and wanted to really taste the difference. I find it to be significantly less salty than my regular sea salt or kosher salt, so while I don't know the exact quantity, I use a bit more of it than those others salts for the same purpose.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on May 23, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Yep - what she said.

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on May 22, 2012
at 09:42 PM

I use Himalaya salt. I usually sprinkle a little bit (maybe 1/4 ts) on my dinner, or I use a little bit if I make sweet potato chips or nori chips. I haven`t noticed any "bad" effects of it. I react on "normal" salt though in for example salted, cured meat, If i eat too much of that my eyes get puffy..but I guess salted cured meat contains a LOT of salt!

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on February 14, 2015
at 12:47 AM

My eyes get puffy too.when i eat cured meats..not when i use himalaya salt..

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on October 08, 2014
at 03:37 PM

I use it for the sole purpose that it's easier to see on many foods as opposed to regular white salt, so it's easier to tell how much of it you're using at one time. I can't identify any discernible taste differences or health benefits/detriments, though. 

Also, it has the nifty factor, it's frickin pink!

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on September 02, 2013
at 08:20 PM

The main use of Himalayan Pink Salt that I have found is in making your own natural electrolyte drink that will also contain a bunch of trace minerals that are not found in energy drinks or normal table salt. Ive read you mix a little (~1/4 tbls or less to start with) in your waking 1-2 pints of water each day. And of course it can be used as seasoning.

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