10 Facts About Salt


Salt was prized by the ancient Hebrews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Hittites, Egyptians, and the Indians.

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Salt became an important article of trade and was transported by boat across the Mediterranean Sea, along specially built salt roads, and across the Sahara on camel caravans.

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Salt is used in religious ceremonies and has other cultural and traditional significance.

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Salt is processed from salt mines, and by the evaporation of seawater and mineral-rich spring water in shallow pools.

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Salt is essential to the health of humans and other animals, and it is one of the five basic taste sensations.

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Salt is used in many cuisines, and it is often found in salt shakers on diners' eating tables for their personal use on food.

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Salt is present in most foods, but in naturally occurring foodstuffs such as meats, vegetables and fruit, it is present in very small quantities.

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Salt has long held an important place in religion and culture.

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Salt is considered to be a very auspicious substance in Hinduism and is used in particular religious ceremonies like house-warmings and weddings.

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Salt is believed to ward off evil spirits in Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and when returning home from a funeral, a pinch of salt is thrown over the left shoulder as this prevents evil spirits from entering the house.

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