Comparing Celtic Salt and Himalayan Salt
These real salts are incredibly good for you, and a pillar of good health, despite what some people tell us. There are several good ones - Celtic Salt and Himalayan Salt. Both are excellent, but we just give the edge to celtic salt, and here's why...
Taste is important, and easy to address. Both the Celtic Salt and Himalayan are full spectrum salts with a range of minerals and trace elements. They are both healthy. They are both a very worthy replacement for toxic refined salt. But the taste is really different and this of course is totally subjective. Only you could really decide which you like best!
A Philosophical View
Salt is vital for good health, and the minerals found naturally in salt, are found in the fluids found in the human body. These fluids are lymphatic - extracellular, and inside the cells – intracellular. They are like an inner ocean. Sea salt of course comes from sea water, whereas Himalayan salt is from a land locked source. So there is a philosophical view that the similarity between salt water and body fluid makes Celtic Salt a more instinctive, and therapeutically matched choice. Many people are instinctively drawn to the seaside, and feel cleansed and revived by such visits, but this is an esoteric discussion beyond the realms of this article!
Nutritional assay comparisons of the Celtic Salt v Himalayan reveal that the sodium content is lower in the Celtic and magnesium is higher. Nutritionally this is superior. The phosphorous and potassium are higher in the Celtic Salt, as are many trace minerals and elements deficient in the modern diet.
“Old and New” Salts and Purity Issues
Himalayan salt comes from very old land locked sources, perhaps even millions of years old. Celtic Salt in comparison is “fresh”. This again is a personal preference issue fundamentally. Whilst some might say the pink salt has been kept away from the modern world, the area the Celtic Salt is harvested from is absolutely pristine, and is carefully protected to keep it this way. It has to meet vigorous purity and safety standards. And the ocean is actually very purifying, and a self cleaning environment. It cleans and oxygenates itself all the time, and sustains many types of life forms. The water from which Celtic Salt comes from has not touched any land until it reaches the beautiful salt marshes of Brittany. Were there impurities; land locked sources of salt would in fact be more likely to retain these than sea water salts.
"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea" Pythagoras
Himalayan salt comes from Khewra, Pakistan there are several mines that supply the world. Celtic Salt comes from Brittany, France, we import direct. It is worth noting here there is a well known “branded” Celtic Salt that travels from Brittany, to America, and then to the point of supply, thus of course incurring a lot of travel time. For the environmentally concerned, this aspect may be relevant. It can certainly have an impact on cost, in any event, a lot of the cost of the Salt here in the UK is both the postage here, and the freight cost of having the pallets brought over. We are still half the price of branded salt however!
So we think Celtic Salt wins the day, but we do support the use of Himalayan salt from a nutritional standpoint also. Other than that, it is a case of choosing what sits best with you and you can certainly enjoy both if you wish!
But whichever natural salt you choose, don’t fear the dogma, real salt is incredibly important for good health. There are links to articles discussing the broader issues to be found on the main Celtic Salt pages.
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