Salt

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Salt is a mineral substance composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of ionic salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite.

Allergy Alert:

Symptoms of salt sensitivity may include microalbuminuria, or the presence of protein in the urine, as well as edema, or fluid retention, and swelling of the left ventricle of the heart, which must work harder to pump blood due to blood pressure abnormalities, according to the “Journal of Human Hypertension.” There may be a sluggish response by the kidneys to changes in salt intake. The level of renin, an enzyme produced by the kidneys when dietary salt intake drops, may be abnormally low in blood tests (Lee, 2013).

Common Uses:

The most familiar use of salt undoubtedly is in the kitchen and on the dining table. Salt accents the flavor of meat, brings out the individuality of vegetables, puts “oomph” into bland starches, deepens the flavor of delicate desserts, and develops the flavor of melons and certain other fruits (Salt Works, n.d.).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 tbsp (18 g)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 6,976 mg 290%
Potassium 1 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0 g 0%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 0 µg Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

Source Wikipedia. (Note: This is not intended to be used, as it was copied and pasted from a Google search)

 

 

 

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Here is a link to a website featuring salt recipes.