8 Crazy Facts About Salt

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Everyone consumes salt in one form or another daily. Salt is an essential nutrient and the amount of salt in the diet influences health. But, did you know about these facts of salt?


1
Black Salt is made in India by mixing salt water with harad seeds.

2
There is a very common misconception that Roman soldiers were paid in salt, but in fact they were paid in normal money.

3
In the early 1800s salt was 4 times as expensive as beef on the frontier - it was essential in keeping people and livestock alive.

4
Only 6% of the salt used in the U.S. is used in food; another 17% is used for de-icing streets and highways in the winter months.

5
"He is not worth his salt" is a common expression. It originated in ancient Greece where salt was traded for slaves.

6
The early Greeks worshipped salt no less than the sun.

7
The first written reference to salt is found in the Book of Job, recorded about 2,250 BC.

8
The Germans believe that whoever spills salt arouses enmity, because it is thought to be the direct act of the devil, the peace disturber.