Pink salt is a type of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas. It is chemically similar to table salt. It contains up to 98 percent sodium chloride. The rest of the salt consists of trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These give the salt its light pink tint. Sodium is an important mineral that our body needs for various functions. Recent research has shown that eating salt can reduce the risk of infection and kill harmful bacteria.
Salt is extracted by hand and minimized to make a product that is free of additives and is thought to be more natural than salt. However, natural pruning allows pink Himalayan salts to contain many other minerals and trace elements that are not regularly found in table salt. Before it reaches your grocery store, table salt also goes through the purification process to remove imperfections and any minerals other than sodium chloride. Antibacterial agents are sometimes added to help absorb moisture, and iodine is often added to help prevent iodine deficiency. It is mainly used as a food supplement, to better replace table salt. But it is also used for cooking and dining presentations, decorative lamps and spa treatments.