Pakistan’s Pink Himalayan Salt Has Become A Matter Of National Pride : NPR

Most pink Himalayan salt comes from one source: Pakistan. And that country now would like everybody to know. You may have spotted pink salt in your supermarket. Himalayan pink salt is used to season food and is believed to have health benefits. It’s used in spa treatments. You can even buy lamps made of the stuff. Well, now the country that produces most pink salt wants to claim it as its own. NPR’s Diaa Hadid reports. HADID: That’s Shahid Iqbal, a Pakistani geologist. He says Alexander’s horses began licking the rocks. HADID: Himalayan pink salt. And folks here believe it’s been mined ever since. But it really took off a few years ago… UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: In today’s video, we’re going to be talking all about Himalayan pink salt. It’s really good for your body, your aches and pains, cramps. HADID: …When it found popularity as a wellness product because it contains dozens of trace minerals giving it that pink hue. But the salt’s actual origins are rarely highlighted or even mentioned. Iqbal, the geologist, says the salt overwhelmingly comes from Pakistan. And we drove there. You see red brick hills emerge from ...

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