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What Mineral Is Added To Most Salt?

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Common salt or the chemical Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is probably the most 'taken for granted' kitchen commodity. The mineral name for this popular and essential food additive is halite. Its components are sodium and chlorine. Salt is important and commonly consumed by everyone as a condiment and nutrient. The intake of salt is very vital to the human body because it helps to maintain the fluid in the blood cells and effectively transmit electrical impulses between the brain, nerves and muscles. This in turn, results in the effective and efficient co-ordination of reflexes and response to stimuli.

The trace minerals observed in common salt include calcium, potassium, sulphur, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iodine and zinc. All the trace minerals, individually and in combinations, enhance the composition and properties of common salt. However, research reveals that there are additives that can further enhance the use of table salt, to keep certain ailments at bay. The ailments treated via additives to common salt include thyroid and goiter.

The most common mineral added to common salt is orthophosphate. Orthophosphate is a stable iron compound. It works as a 'block agent', keeping away the risk of high blood pressure and ailments associated with the over and under consumption of salt in the diet.

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