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Vanessa Hudgens Loves Cooking With Healthy Himalayan Salt

Vanessa Hudgens Is a Fan of Himalayan Salt — Are You?

himalayan saltIn April's issue of Shape magazine, actress Vanessa Hudgens talks about her healthy new lifestyle, which includes regular workout sessions and making delicious, wholesome meals. Her new favorite meal: spinach salad with grilled chicken or salmon, almonds, feta, truffle oil, and Himalayan sea salt.

Interesting that Vanessa is dashing her dishes with Himalayan salt, but it leaves one curious if this flavor enhancer offers more than regular ol' table salt. According to Dr. Barbara Hendel, the coauthor of Water and Salt: The Essence of Life, Himalayan crystal salt is pure, natural, and contains elements found in the ocean. Table salt, on the other hand, is made of only two elements — sodium chloride — and other substances to keep it from clumping in the salt shaker. Himalayan salt contains many minerals, similar to those found in the human body. "The [Himalayan] salt accomplishes many things throughout our bodies . . . It's not only sodium and chloride. It's about 84 minerals in this salt," says Dr. Hendel.

When asked why salt is refined, she explains that 97 percent of all the salt produced is for industry purposes, not for health or cooking purposes — so don't be shy of the chunky salt crystals! You can pick some up at Trader Joe's for less than $5 to see if it adds more than just flavor to your meals. If you're curious about sea salt, learn how it differs from table salt here. Just be sure to take all of this info with a grain of salt — pun intended.

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fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Agreed about not adding additional salt to pre-prepared or restaurant foods. Most already contain enough sodium to drop a small elephant! When I cook at home from scratch--which is most of the time--is when I reach for a little sea salt.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I'm the exact same way ticmorena!
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I don't use salt often, usually for baking but even then its sea salt. I've heard some buzz about Himalayan salt but I thought it was just a health gimmick. I've never seen any in my store to be able to verify the mineral content.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
i'm simply not into salt - in fact there was a period of over one year when i didn't have any salt in my possession. this was probably not the best idea ever considering i suffer from low blood pressure and get faint easily, but seeing as most food contains sufficient salt as is, and so do many tasty condiments, i just didn't see the point of actually buying salt. to this day i still never season my food with table salt (i prefer chilli for flavour)
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I haven't had regular table salt in my kitchen for probably 15 years. I don't like the metallic aftertaste. But I always have sea and other specialty salts on hand. Smoked sea salt is nummy!
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