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Old 03-19-2009, 08:00 AM   #31
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I'm more than a little skeptical about the claims made on that site. It's salt - Sodium Chloride.
yes, but Sodium content is 1.63g per Tsp. I buy it from my local health shop, it actually tastes better than any other salt.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:15 AM   #32
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I am a bread baker, and grain size aside, pretty much any salt you buy in the store will work for baking bread. I use Kosher salt because it dissolves well with its hollow grain structure, and it has a higher purity level as was mentioned before. This is important to me. I weigh all of my ingredients instead of measuring, so it doesn't matter to me what salt I'm using, as long as I get 1.5 - 2.5% of the total flour weight in salt, depending on the recipe.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:48 AM   #33
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yes, but Sodium content is 1.63g per Tsp. I buy it from my local health shop, it actually tastes better than any other salt.

Actually, according to the Nutrition Facts label on that site, a 1/4 tsp. serving contains 573mg of sodium. Times 4 that equals 2.3 grams of sodium per teaspoon. According to the USDA, table salt contains 2.3 grams of sodium per teaspoon. They are the same. Sodium chloride. All sodium chloride is the same. The only difference is in any other minerals or impurities in the salt. They make up a minute percentage of the total.

That being said, if you want to spend between $7 and $8 for a pound of salt...
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:57 AM   #34
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Actually, according to the Nutrition Facts label on that site, a 1/4 tsp. serving contains 573mg of sodium. Times 4 that equals 2.3 grams of sodium per teaspoon. According to the USDA, table salt contains 2.3 grams of sodium per teaspoon. They are the same. Sodium chloride. All sodium chloride is the same. The only difference is in any other minerals or impurities in the salt. They make up a minute percentage of the total.

That being said, if you want to spend between $7 and $8 for a pound of salt...
I don't buy it from a website...too expensive, I was reading the contents on the bottle. A friend reccomended it as she was given advice from her alternative medicene therapist, so I looked into it & started using it. I only put the website up to show people there's an alternative to regular salt, that has healthy info.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:07 AM   #35
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I don't buy it from a website...too expensive, I was reading the contents on the bottle. A friend reccomended it as she was given advice from her alternative medicene therapist, so I looked into it & started using it. I only put the website up to show people there's an alternative to regular salt, that has healthy info.

I understand, les. There's nothing wrong with trying to eat in a more healthful manner.

My point was that the information on the website is misleading or wrong. All salt on this planet came from sea water and all salt is chemically the same - sodium chloride. I am concerned that you are being mislead into thinking this salt is materially different from other salts regarding health benefits.
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I see what you mean, when I first looked into this some months ago, this is one of the quotes I found:
  • The healthy alternative to table salt
  • Contains 84 minerals & trace elements
  • Does NOT cause the problems associated with table salt (sodium chloride)
I won't paste all the info...bit too long, but I'll give you the link. It was hard to find a site without someone trying to sell, so that's when I went to the health shop to check.

Himalayan crystal salt

this is still relatively a new product here, it is however turning up more & more in our supermarkets. Jamie Oliver also has it on sale, and he's about the best promoter of healthy cooking we've got at the mo.
I will see if I can find out more about this, it would be of interest. I'll have a chat with some people who arn't selling the stuff.
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Old 03-19-2009, 10:30 AM   #37
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I don't know if this is considered relevant to the conversation but, there was a spammer a couple months back trying to sell the Himalayan salt stuff. It just makes me wonder because there's been so many fads come and go through people who sell this sort of thing (diet pills, health powders, things like that).
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:05 AM   #38
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yes, but Sodium content is 1.63g per Tsp. I buy it from my local health shop, it actually tastes better than any other salt.

All salt -- no matter what kind -- contains almost exactly the same amount of sodium. There really is no difference.

The tiny amount of trace minerals in himalayan salt do not make it healthier for you in any meaningful way.

Plus, unless iodine or dextrose are "problems" for you, table salt is just as healthy.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #39
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I'm sorry but that link is not believable!

Look at this quote:

"Our regular table salt no longer has anything in common with the original crystal salt. Salt now a day is mainly sodium chloride and not salt. With the advent of industrial development, our natural salt was "chemically cleaned" and reduced only to sodium and chloride."

This is a ridiculous statement. As has been discussed, salt is sodium chloride. It is now and it was 250 million years ago. Himalayan salt is different from table salt in that its impurities have not been removed. These impurities are non-salt items that mixed with the salt in the ground over the millennia. If they are selling you anything it's the impurities. However, it comes with salt.

Table salt usually has other things added to make it easier to use and to prevent iodine deficiency. These can also be considered impurities because they are not salt.

Salt is a chemistry term for a whole class of compounds. Sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride are all salts (among others). We are talking about one of these salts.

I believe this is nothing more than a sales pitch, similar to selling snake oil, to get lots of money for salt. They are trying to attach an aura of higher purpose to a basic compound. If there other minerals in with the salt are that important, I suggest you seek them out in a simpler and purer form.

If you choose to use this salt, that's up to you. I hate to see you and others being tricked by questionable marketing practices.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:14 AM   #40
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Salt now a day is mainly sodium chloride and not salt.

Not only is it a ridiculous, misleading and patently false statement, it's not even written in proper English.

I am always, always wary of any kind of marketing materials that are so clumsily written.
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