|Salt's history goes back to millions of years; the elements sodium
and chloride forms the salt. Since the beginning of civilization,
for the health of mankind, salt has been such an important element
The importance of the salt to the health of mankind is
countless and the most significant benefit of salt is
probably the property of stabilizing the fluids in human
body. Moreover the adequacy of sodium in body fluids helps
the nerves and muscles function in coordination. The amount
of sodium needed for the healthy growth of a person can be
obtained properly from salt as well.
Salt also contains another vital element for the needs of human
health, Iodine. The deficiency of Iodine in human body may cause
diseases like mental retardation, goitre. Having a stillborn child
or a miscarriage, even having difficulty in comprehension or learning
cretinism, these are all results of lack of iodine in body. The
legal arrangements made for preventing the lack of Iodine in human
body, necessitated that the salt which is going to be used on in
food industry has to contain Iodine in our country. For this reason,
selling iodineless salt for food industry is strictly prohibited
Salt also enables food products to be kept fresh and
durable. Stable food like meat, fish, dairy products and
vegetables can be preserved fresh with salt for a long time.
Salt is also a sort of antiseptic which can take excessive
formation of bacteria under control.
Salt is also an important input for various industrial sectors.
We can take benefit of salt during fabric dyeing process in order
to exhaust the resins? sodium for recycling. Besides these, salt
is also used in food industry and medical so as to prepare the medical
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