Comparing Real Salt to Himalayan or Celtic

By August 9, 2010Education, FAQ

We’re going to do something today most companies don’t like to do: we’re going to say nice things about the competition.

No, that doesn’t mean we’re going to be kind to that bitter, chemically treated white table salt you still find in far too many kitchens, because if you understand the health benefits of Real Salt you already know that Real Salt and table salt aren’t even the same product.  But we are going to answer a question we hear a lot when people are considering  their salt options: What’s the difference between Real Salt and Celtic or Himalayan salt?

(Are you wondering why we’re only talking about Celtic and Himalayan? It’s because we are, first and foremost, salt lovers, and if for some reason Real Salt didn’t exist, Celtic and Himalayan are really the only other brands we’d consider using. But we’d still dearly miss Real Salt. Read on.)

First, a Real Salt reminder…

Just so we know we’re all on the same page, Real Salt is an all natural unrefined sea salt harvested from an ancient ocean. It’s full of those natural minerals that make it healthy, delicious, and pink or red looking, and though we do hate to boast we’re also the best-selling brand in America’s health food stores. Yay, Real Salt!

With that in mind, here are the differences between Real Salt and our second-favorite sea salts.

Celtic Sea Salt

Celtic Salt is a great salt harvested from the current ocean. They do a terrific job with their salt, harvesting it by hand and leaving it unprocessed so it contains those important trace minerals.  Compared to Real Salt, the biggest difference is that the current ocean is exposed to many environmental challenges (mercury, lead, plastic & petroleum toxins, chemicals, etc.) that ancient seas never experienced. (That’s not to say Celtic users have anything to worry about, but we people do tend to foul up the oceans terribly, sometimes.)

Himalayan Pink

Like Real Salt, the Himalayan brands are harvested from an ancient salt deposit that would have been created long before there were any modern toxins. Geologically, the Himalayan deposit is very similar to Real Salt; they both have the full spectrum of minerals and both can be considered crystal salts. Tasted side by side, Real Salt is a bit sweeter, while Himalayan tends toward an earthy flavor.

The big difference between Real Salt and Himalayan is to do with consequences of geography. Real Salt comes from the USA (Redmond, Utah), and the Himalayan deposits are in and around Khewra, Pakistan. There are 17 different mines supplying the Himalayan brands, and some have more modern standards than others.  Generally, Real Salt is half the cost (we’re so glad we don’t have to ship it from Pakistan!) and we know you can always trust the quality, processes, and labor policies that bring Real Salt to your kitchen.

Did we miss one?

If you think there’s another salt like Celtic and Himalayan that we missed, let us know!

Join the discussion 70 Comments

  • Chad Ryan says:

    Thank you for supplying such a quality product. Real Salt is fantastic! I appreciate the honesty and desire to educate people about salt. Questions I have, which I haven’t found answered yet are; What is the difference between your Granulated, Coarse, Kosher, and Powder varieties? I use the granulated salt, and was wondering why the Coarse variety costs more. I could assume that the granulated is easier to acquire in production, or does the coarse go through more manufacturing? Is there a difference in the content quality of the different versions? I’m so thankful that my local health food store carries many of your products, and I’ve even had them special order what they didn’t have in stock. Keep preaching Real Salt!

  • Mary says:

    Love!!! Love!!! Love!!! your salt. Only want Real Salt! Will not buy any other salt! Have never switched since the first purchase–since first taste! I also give it as presents. Thank you sooo much for this product!

  • Real Salt Real Salt says:

    Chad, sorry we didn’t catch this comment sooner!

    We have a YouTube video that explains the different granulations — hope it answers your questions!

    Real Salt grain sizes explained.

  • I’m coming back to my roots. After having used regular table salt for the past 15 years, and having received much condemnation from my parents, I am returning to the salt I now remember seeing on my grandmother’s table. An article I recently wrote, “Why is Table Salt Bad For You? Natural Sea Salt versus Table Salt” confirmed the horrors of table salt. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find a healthy alternative until now. I thank you for your educational site, the videos, and the blog posts about Real Salt. And I especially thank you for the look at Himalayan and Celtic Salts as well. My family, horses, and goats will feel much better now that they will have access to Real Salt.
    I just ordered online and I can’t wait to use Real Salt; I finally feel reassured and comforted in this exceptional product.
    Thank you and happy salting!
    –Charlotte

  • David Fields says:

    Has anyone ever heard of taking a gallon of distilled water and mixing a teaspoon or two of “good salts” such as Real to make what would be almost perfect water?

  • connie clark says:

    I have heard that sea salts can have pollutants in them; has your brand been tested for contaminents and do you have the results of that testing available?

  • Real Salt Real Salt says:

    Connie, Real Salt has been protected beneath the earth since long before man started introducing pollutants, so we’re just about the only sea salt that isn’t potentially affected by modern pollutants. We harvest Real Salt using food-grade equipment and an impressively tidy clean room, and to be sure we’ve tested Real Salt for each of the items on California’s Proposition 65–never found any contaminants.

    Hope that answers your question!

  • Real Salt Real Salt says:

    In fact, David, several people around the office do just that! We sometimes draw funny looks in restaurants for salting our water…

  • R. Simpson says:

    Are there any additives in your salt? such as required by any organization like WHO, Codex Alimentarius, FDA or any other agency?

  • Linda Thornton says:

    I would also like to see an answer to the question posed by R. Simpson on Jan 9, 2012/

  • Real Salt Real Salt says:

    Sorry we missed answering that one, Linda. We keep Real Salt real, which means no additives at all. Because we don’t artificially add potassium iodide, we are required to include “not a dietary source of iodine” on our packaging. If we didn’t use Real Salt, we’d definitely find another brand with the same “warning” on the label! (You might want to skim this article about adding iodine to salt.)

  • Bruce Christiansen says:

    My Grate-grandfather Andreas Peter Christiansen, who might have worked in your mine, and his son Andrew (Grandpa) used to go to Redmond, with horse and wagon, and bring a load of rock salt back to Millard county several times a year. My father Lloyd, wood bring a load home once in a while in his truck as well. Now this is the only salt my family uses. Who new this salt was so good for us and our livestock.

  • Jeannette Walker says:

    What is bio-salt? I have been told it’s good for humans. I bought Himilayan salt and bio-salt. I muscle tested for myself, Himilayan was a No. Bio-salt was a yes. I asked my husband to test himself. He received the same result. We are switching to bio-salt.

  • Kim King says:

    We know of BioSalt and other man-made salts and salt substitutes, however we believe that nature has it right when it comes to products. Today, some people want to design a better carrot or tomato . . . or salt, but we believe nature had it right from the beginning.

    If you look at the “ingredient” list of BioSalt the list is long: Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Ferrous Fumarate, Copper Gluconate, Manganese Sulfate, Chromium Picolinate, and Trace Minerals from Sea Salt. This combination might be great, but we feel a naturally occurring product is going to be much better for the body than an chemical reproduction of salt.

  • Lina says:

    This salt has prop 65 warning on it. May I know the reason please?

  • Kim King says:

    Hi Lina,

    Our salt does not carry a prop 65 warning, though our Redmond Clay does. You can find more information on that here – http://www.redmondclay.com/2013/why-is-there-a-warning-sticker-on-redmond-clay/

    Thank you,
    Kimberly
    Redmond Life Team

  • Patricia says:

    Himalayan Salt is known to have therapeutic properties. As a result salt lamps, pillows and bath salts are all very popular. In researching Real Salt, I’m not finding any mention of their therapeutic benefits. Can neck pillows and things be made using Real Salt, or is it only the Himalayan Salt that carries those benefits?

  • Kim King says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Real Salt can be used to make the things that you are talking about, but we don’t currently have those items, choosing instead to concentrate on our food grade market and the bath salt market. Real Salt and Himalayan are incredibly similar in their content, the biggest difference being that Real Salt is a US source of salt and Himalayan comes from Pakistan. We love our America’s Pink Salt!

    Thank you,
    Kimberly
    Redmond Life

  • Kate dP says:

    On your Real Salt® Elemental Analysis (http://www.realsalt.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/realsalt_analysis.pdf) it says the following:

    The Real Salt® sample was diluted as necessary in glass Class A volumetric flasks. The elements Chloride, Fluoride, and Bromine were
    analyzed via lon Chromatography (I.C.). Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption (CVAA) was used for analysis of Mercury. Graphite Furnace
    Atomic Absorption (GFAA) was the method used to determine Arsenic, Selenium, Lead, and Antimony. Semi-quantitative analyses
    for all other elements were carried out using inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES).

    This would imply that you tested your salt for chemicals like Arsenic, Selenium, Lead, and Mercury… but I do not see how much of these chemicals are found in your salt and I also do not see anything saying that these chemicals are not found in your salt. Can you please clarify?

    Can you also clarify on where I can go to find more information on the test(s) that you conducted to comply with California Prop 65? A comment posted by Real Salt on July 16, 2012 at 8:08 am states, “We harvest Real Salt using food-grade equipment and an impressively tidy clean room, and to be sure we’ve tested Real Salt for each of the items on California’s Proposition 65–never found any contaminants.” Where is the information in support of this statement? Surely it should be on your Mineral Analysis page (http://www.realsalt.com/minerals-analysis/). It would make sense that any natural salt would potentially contain potentially harmful minerals (as these are also found in nature just like the beneficial minerals), but I would just like to know for sure what is and what isn’t in your salt (and all the other natural salts). Can you help me out?

  • Kim King says:

    Hi Kate. If you will look again at the Elemental Analysis, you will see a section called “Notes”. It states the following:

    Notes: The actual analysis conducted by Advanced Laboratories, Inc. tested for the existence of 74 analytes. This certificate only lists
    analytes positively identified as being present in the sample because they occurred above the instrument’s detection sensitivity. For
    example, Mercury was tested for and none was detected so it does no appear in the list of detected elements above.

    Anything that is tested for and not found, is not listed.

    As to the Prop 65 question, we worked with Western Analysis, Inc. and asked for them to test for elements on the Proposition 65. No contaminants were found in the testing. We have the report on file in our offices.

    Our Elemental Analysis that you see is complete with everything that was found in testing. If an element was NOT found, it is not listed.

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