Salt is essential for a healthy mind and body and is ingrained within human history. From being used as a form of currency to protecting certain types of foods allowing for long distance travel to become reality, salt has been a key part in our past and our present.
Here are a few interesting salt facts-
1. The word ‘salary’ comes from the Latin word for ‘salt’ not, as has often been thought, because Roman soldiers were paid in salt, but because they used to buy salt with the money they were paid.
2. In Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural Speech May 10, 1994 he said, “Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all."
3. Salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs.
4. Salt kills fleas. If your dog or cat has brought fleas into the home, then lightly sprinkle salt over your carpets and leave it on for twelve hours and then vacuum it up. This process will kill the fleas.
5. Only 6% of the U.S. manufacturing of salt is used in food, the rest is used in industrial processes and over 15% is used to treat the streets every year to prevent against ice.
6. Salt is essential to your body. It is important for the functioning of your brain and your nervous system. A lack of salt can be fatal and, if you drink too much water you can actually flush the salt out of your system and cause a life threatening condition called Hyponatremia.
7. Fruits and vegetables are nearly salt-free. This means that a vegetarian diet will eventually create an anemic condition and other salt-starvation diseases. That is why many vegetarians crave salty snack foods. Only when salt is added to fruits and vegetables can saliva and gastric secretions readily break down carbohydrates.
8. Many large salt companies add flowing chemicals and anti-clumping chemicals to their salt to prevent moisture from being reabsorbed. They also sometimes add bleach. Florida Pure Sea Salt doesn’t add any of this to our process. What you get from us is pure.
9. According to a superstition, spilling salt can cause bad luck — an idea that may have originated with Leonardo da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper," which shows Judas knocking over a salt container.
10. Salt will reverse sugar cravings.