Salt is an essential element of our life and our lifestyle too.
From our plates for flavour to the winter roads for safety, salt has over 14,000 uses. Salt has been the reason for the rise of several civilizations. It has also caused rebellions and revolutions and started several wars. Without salt, the world as we know it would not exist. Take a peek into the world of salt and explore the many fascinating facts, trivia, rituals and myths about salt.
As such an important part of history, salt has inspired a lot of superstitions and beliefs. Most cultures consider salt to be a good omen and as a force of positive energy. Here are some Salt rituals from India and around the world.
Salt Health Myths
In the past few years there has been a rise of misconceptions about salt and its effects on health. Salt is not bad for health as many articles seem to suggest. A balanced salt intake is essential to live a healthy life. In this section, we bust some salt health myths.
- You should completely eliminate salt from your diet to make it healthier.
- Salt is essential to maintain electrolyte balance and to regulate blood pressure. It should never be completely eliminated from the diet.
With over 14,000 uses, salt has many lesser known uses. Discover the unknown and unusual facts about salt.
Only about 5% of the world's annual salt production is used as seasoning. The rest finds use in chemical plants, where it plays a role in key industry raw materials.
Nuclear waste, which can remain toxic for up to 2,40,000 years, is stored in disused salt mines because of salt's ability to seal cracks.
Salt Domes are used to store USA's Strategic Oil Reserve. As many as 700 million oil barrels are stored in 500 salt domes in Texas and Louisiana.
Salt in India
India is the third largest producer of salt. This section explores the magnitude and scale of the salt industry in India.