Salt

Salt

Multipurpose commodity for cooking and everything else

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Salt is a mineral composed of sodium chloride (NaCl.) It has a crystalline mineral structure that is known as rock salt or halite. Salt is an ionic compound, which breaks into its component ions (Na+ and Cl-) or dissociates in water. It regulates the amount of water in your body and also controls nerve impulses and muscle contractions. Furthermore, salt is available in huge amounts in seawater, where it is the principal mineral constituent.

Salt is produced naturally when seawater evaporates, however chemical processes and methods have been developed to generate a higher yield. Furthermore, the source of the salt and depending on the technique(s) used, the salt will have different textures and flavours. Currently, there are three main methods for obtaining salt: Evaporation from sea water, mining salt from the earth, and creating salt brines.

The human body cannot live without sodium. It is required to maintain proper fluid balance, contract and relax muscles, and to transmit nerve impulses. For this reason, the availability of salt has been pivotal to civilization all throughout history.

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