When selecting a natural, unrefined salt, there are three popular options: Redmond Real Salt, pink Himalayan salt, and Celtic sea salt. What are the similarities and differences?
The major similarities are that all three are unrefined and do not have additives.
“Unrefined” means the salt has not been stripped of naturally-occurring trace minerals that are important for good health and make the salt taste great. “No additives” is self-explanatory—these salts do not have fillers, anti-caking agents, or other human-made additions.
The tastes are similar, with subtle differences. All three taste better than refined table salt. In a taste comparison, Real Salt is a bit sweeter, while Himalayan is a little more earthy. Celtic is a “wet” salt that gives it a unique texture and briny flavor that is quite tasty.
Now for the major differences. Here’s a quick summary:
Real Salt is harvested from an ancient ocean that deposited its sea salt millions of years before humans began polluting our oceans. It’s full of natural minerals that make it healthy and delicious. These minerals also give it a pink or red hue.
Celtic sea salt is harvested from the current ocean off the coast of France. They do a terrific job harvesting it by hand from clay-lined pools and leave it unprocessed. The clay pools and the salt’s trace minerals give Celtic salt its gray color.
The biggest difference between Real Salt and Celtic sea salt is timing—Celtic salt is from our current ocean and Real Salt is from an ancient ocean that was never exposed to the many pollutants that plague today’s oceans.
Himalayan pink salt also comes from ancient oceans, but it’s mined in Pakistan. You’ll find many different brands of Himalayan pink salt because there are several different mines and mining companies harvesting Himalayan salt. You will also find a wide variety of prices; this is likely because some companies have higher standards and more sustainable practices.
The biggest differences between Real Salt and Himalayan pink salt are location and, depending on what brand you choose, sustainability. Real Salt comes from the USA, is primarily powered by five solar fields, and is operated by a company dedicated to elevating the human experience.