Salt is, of course, the most important seasoning ingredient. Though some amount of salt is already present in foods, it is also added to enhance the flavor and taste of food.
Sodium Chloride consists of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride, by weight. Sodium acts as a major electrolyte in the body. But excessive intake of salt can also take a toll on your health in the form of liquefying the blood. But apart from these basic things, there are a number of other interesting functions you should know about salt.
1. It was used as a medium of exchange
Yes! It’s quite an astonishing fact that salt was so precious in the ancient times that it was used as a method for trade and money. The even more startling fact is the word "salary" is derived from the Latin word sal, which means salt.
2. It made up new cities
Salt has this unique ability to preserve food. And, the gradual production and the transportation of salt gave rise to new cities like Salzburg of Italy, which means "city of salt".
3. It holds a symbolic value
Do you know the holy bible contains numerous references to salt? If you have ever read the bible, you would know this fact that in different context word salt is used metaphorically to signify permanence, loyalty, durability, fidelity, usefulness, value, and purification.
4. You can’t cut it down
You might be asked to curb the amount of salt quite often, we know that it is not an easy task. Cutting salt down your food is something as near as impossible. Other seasonings can still be cut down but salt is the most difficult one to go away with.
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