My girlfriend recently got into “Himalayan pink salt,” which I first thought was simply a marketing scam for “unrefined” salt, as if refining salt were a bad thing. Now the gimmick has appeared at most grocery stores. I thought it important to advise readers that they should not buy this sketchy product.
The Himalayas go through some gnarly countries, and according to several German studies, Himalayan pink salt comes from Pakistani mines. The only reason its pink is because there is suspended iron oxide (rust) in the crystals, and it carries a variety of (unrefined and) undesirable chemicals, such as fluoride and polyhalite.