What ‘s the BEST Type of Salt to Use?

Is “Sunlight Pink Salt” really the Best?

We can’t help being fanatical about good nutrition. It’s been our nature for many years now and when the topic of salt comes up, we’re even more passionate about it. We are genuine salt lovers and believe that high-quality salt belongs in a healthy diet.  

So what type of salt is really the best? Before we answer that, let’s first take a look at the different types of salt currently on the market. 

Regular White Salt – Our rating: Three Thumbs Down (Yes, that’s worse than Two Thumbs Down!)

Do we really need to talk about regular white refined salt? OK, we’ll just throw it in here for comparison’s sake. Regular refined white salt (so-called “table salt”) is literally junk food of the salt world. Table salt has been manufactured to have all its natural minerals stripped away, except for sodium chloride. This means that the sodium balance in comparison to the valuable minerals (that have been lost) has been ruined.  

In addition, anti-caking agents are added (to keep the salt from clumping) which include sugar and aluminum, a potentially toxic agent that can bioaccumulate in the brain and disturb its functional capacity.  

Iodine has also been added to salt which leaves people at risk of an iodine overload (depending on their salt intake). One study showed that white refined salt can promote the development of autoimmune disease by increasing pro-inflammatory macrophages as well as impairing regulatory T cells (called Tregs) that normally help prevent autoimmunity.1   

Bio-Testing: After using bio-kinesiology testing (an advanced form of kinesiological muscle testing), our tests showed that regular refined white salt tests quite poorly. Enough said. We recommend avoiding the use of commercial white salt and its hidden added chemicals … period.  

Himalayan Pink Salts – Our rating: Two Thumbs Down

Out in the marketplace, you’ve probably seen numerous brands of Himalayan pink salt. These pink salts have typically been harvested from various mines in Pakistan. Some mines have less modern manufacturing standards than others, so processing techniques can vary.  

In 2020, an independent research company (Nutrition Research Australia) tested 31 samples of pink salts. They found that the nutrient content widely varied among the salts, such as iron and calcium levels. Worse yet, some salts were found to have higher levels of heavy metals. 

But how is that possible? Aren’t Himalayan pink salts coming from an underground mine? If so, shouldn’t they be pristine? Obviously not. The reason may be that above-ground contamination may often seep into underground areas, including mines. This means that chemical residues and even toxic rainwater may be able to trickle down from the surface into the salt mine beneath the ground. In addition, damp conditions in the mine may be present along with underground darkness (which may encourage microbe growth) – with little or no sunlight entering the area.  

Bio-Testing: Our bio-kinesiology testing of several brands of Himalayan pink salt did not test well.   

Pink Salts from the U.S. – Our rating: Two Thumbs Down

Regarding pink salt sources derived from salt mined in the U.S., I think you already get the point (as explained in the previous example). Because a pink salt came from an underground mine simply doesn’t make it pristine.  

It may be true that a salt source has been in an underground mine since ancient times, but that may simply mean it’s had a far longer time to be subjected to surface contamination that may have compromised it. In one scientific test, a brand of salt was found to have over 100 times the amount of lead as found in white salt. Not pretty outcome. Please don’t forget to consider the typical lack of sunlight in underground mines – we found that this seems to give salt a “dead” or deficient feeling.   

Bio-Testing: Our bio-kinesiology testing of pink salts originating in the U.S. did not test well.     

Sea Salt from France’s Ocean Areas – Our rating: One Thumb Up

Another type of sea salt (not pink in color) is harvested from ocean areas near the coast of France. We love the fact that this sea salt has its original vital minerals (because it is not refined) and has been sourced from living ocean water which naturally has had tremendous ongoing exposure to direct sunlight.  

What we don’t love is that some types of this salt are still damp or “wet” when it has been placed inside its packaging – which some practitioners believe can encourage microscopic growth of undesirable microbes (although we have never tested this).  

Some people also believe that sea salt derived from ocean water may contain microscopic plastic particles. While we certainly agree that microplastic particles are not desirable, the truth is that ALL sea salts must be harvested and processed (whether from a mine or an ocean) and during this manufacturing extraction process, salt may inevitably be exposed to microplastic particles.   

Bio-Testing: Our bio-kinesiology testing of ocean-derived sea salt from France’s sea areas tested as partially acceptable.      

Premier Pink Salt (“Sunlight Pink Salt”) – A BIG Two Thumbs Up!

Welcome to the winner of our Salt Contest: Premier Pink Salt.   

No, we didn’t give this salt two thumbs up just because it’s our own brand, but because we’ve vetted out the entire salt industry to find what we consider to be the MOST premier quality – which we are pleased to offer to you.  

Premier Pink Salt is a robust combination of two premium, untreated, unheated, solar-dried salts which deliver an entire spectrum of minerals naturally contained in ocean water. We do not use “anti-clumping” agents as is commonly added to typical white, refined salt, such as aluminum, white sugar, stearic acid, sodium ferrocyanide and other equally unbelievable chemicals.  

“Sunlight Pink Salt.” Some salt enthusiasts like to call our salt: “Sunlight Pink Salt” -- due to its extensive exposure to the sun’s rays and which has the ability to absorb these beneficial solar frequencies via its sparkling crystalline matrix.  

The first of our two sea salts comes from the cool, blue, unpolluted waters of the Australian Sea using solar evaporation via sea water ponds and sunshine. Yes, this raw crystalline “sunlight pink salt” has naturally had millions upon millions of hours of exposure to direct, beneficial sunlight so that it can absorb the full spectrum of sunlight’s life-affirming frequencies. This salt brightly shines with its radiant energy signature since it has not been shut away in a dark underground mine for centuries, robbed of sunlight’s beneficial wavelengths.  

Our second sea salt is pink Alaea Hawaiian sea salt. This pristine Hawaiian “sunlight pink salt” has also been blessed with the warm radiant kiss of countless hours of beneficial sunlight radiation. Over the centuries, this sea salt has been traditionally mixed with pink Alaea clay from the Hawaiian Islands. This nourishing clay gives the salt a pinkish color, which is naturally dense in trace minerals as well as possessing gentle cleansing characteristics. Interestingly, this unique pink salt is known as a sacred salt by the ancient Hawaiians.  

Exquisite Taste 

Premier Pink Salt’s winning combination of pristine sea salts and its exquisite taste has won the recommendation of many practitioners, nutritionists, chefs and culinary enthusiasts for over 30 years.   

Our Integrity and Sustainability 

It’s good to know that you can trust the premier quality of Premier Research Labs as well as our advanced manufacturing processes and the fair labor policies that bring Premier Pink Salt into your table. When evaluating and selecting our sea salt sources, we choose sustainable practices so we can help preserve our planet for many generations to come.  

Our 35+ years of expertise as a leading sea salt brand has given us the knowledge of quality standards you should expect from a high quality sea salt: 

  • 100% responsibly sourced: fair business practices with our salt suppliers 
  • GMP practices followed during the harvesting and processing of our salt  
  • 3rd party laboratory analysis to confirm mineral content  
  • Direct access of our premier salts to ongoing sunlight radiation (before processing)
  • 100% raw (unheated) salt without toxic additives 


  1. S. Dahan et. Al., “Dietary factors in rheumatic autoimmune diseases: a recipe for therapy?” Nature Reviews Rheumatology, April, 2017. https://www.nature.com/articles/nrrheum.2017.42