What is Black Salt?

Black salt is also known as kala namak. It is a special type of Indian mineral salt with a distinctive / sulfurous flavor. Black salt or Kala Namak is not black, but more a reddish-gray, because of the presence of trace minerals and iron. It is not interchangeable with sea salt or table salt because of it's distinct flavor.

According to India’s classical medical science, Ayurveda, black salt is full of therapeutic benefits. It is rich in iron, and is a cure for flatulence and heartburn.

According to Ayurveda doctors, black salt is the most beneficial form of salt because unlike ordinary salt, they don’t increase the sodium content of blood and are therefore recommended for patients with high blood pressure and low-salt eating dieters. It is also a rejuvenator while aiding digestion and improving eyesight. It is said to aid in digestion and soften the bowel.

Uses of Black Salt

Indian Kala Namak is considered a cooling spice in ayurvedic medicine and is used as a laxative and digestive aid. It is also believed to relieve intestinal gas and heartburn. Kala Namak is appreciated by vegans in dishes that mimic the taste of eggs. It is used, for example, to spice tofu to mimic an egg salad. It is also regularly used in small quantities in chutneys, raitas, pickles and many other savory Indian snacks, adding a very different flavor than just using regular salt. Try sprinkling it on fresh cut fruit such as apples and bananas for a delicious treat. Can also be used to replace sea salt or table salt.

Benefits of Black Salt

  • Cure for flatulence and heartburn.
  • Aids digestion.
  • Improves eyes sight.
  • Helps to lower high blood pressure.
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