Salt

Where it comes from.

What is Salt??

Salt is a natural mineral made up of white cube-shaped crystals composed of two elements, sodium and chlorine. When chemically united they form the compound sodium chloride or NaCl.

How is Salt Made??

Today there are two main methods for obtaining salt, evaporation from sea water and mining salt from the earth. Most common table salts and salts used for industrial purposes are obtained through mining, while specialty or gourmet salts are still produced via evaporation of sea water.

Why is Iodine Added to salt??

Iodine was added to salt around 1924, at the request of government initiatives, due to the growing need for regulation of iodine deIodine disorders. In the 1920′s era in the United States, the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest region of the country experienced high incidences of goiter (a common thyroid-malfunction-based condition). This was because their soil levels were extremely low in iodine, and people weren’t eating iodine rich foods

Salt Fun Facts

Fact One

Right up to the 20th century, pound bars of salt (called amoleh) were the basic currency in Abyssinia

Fact Two

Salt is so essential to the body that if you drink too much water it can flush it out of your system and cause fatal Hyponatremia.