Fake Salt

Yet another fake news. Three men from China were accused of manufacturing ten thousand tons of fake salt. The salt was said a product of processing waste agricultural chemicals. Further details about the waste were not disclosed. No reports of consumer complaints, food poisoning or untoward incident. However, considering the quantity produced, it was very likely that it reached consumer plates already.

Salt has two common sources, rock deposits and ocean. The latter being inexhaustible. Seawater has about 3.5 percent salt which could be harvested by evaporation. If the natural source is almost limitless, then why do some people are tempted to do it the wrong way. These people has just invented a third source. Chemical waste were procured for 0.75 dollars/lbs and then sold for 30 US dollars/lbs after processing.

Common salt is extracted from sea. If we don’t take care of our sea and keep dumping garbage on it, our salt will be nothing more than this fake salt make from chemical wastes.

Wait! Salt’s chemical name is sodium chloride. If the bad guys were producing the exact same chemical out of wastes, then, their products were not fake. There were real. The thing that make it bad was the source. Chemical wastes are dangerous for human consumption. The chances of having harmful residues freak us.

Good and Bad Effects of Salt

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All of us needs salt, the most common form is table salt or sodium chloride. It is essential because  it contain sodium element which  maintains a balance of positive and negative ions  in our body fluids and tissues. It is also responsible for maintaining water in our body tissues.  Imagine , the water inside our body will evaporate fast without the salt holding it.  We better include salt in our  diet.

But be warned . Excessive consumption of salt may results in health problems.

  • Too much sodium in the diet has been associated with an increased risk of developing stomach cancer and adverse effects on the kidney.
  • Excess of sodium can cause edema, an accumulation of extracellular fluid, especially in conditions such as congestive heart failure.
  • Excess dietary salt may contribute to high blood pressure in some individuals.
  • However , A low sodium intake leads to a lowering of the blood pressure and brings about diuresis, ridding the body of the excess extracellular fluid.

Normally, amount of sodium is expressed in food labels so we can take precautions. RDA requirement for sodium is 10 to 15 grams a day.

Sodium in our diet may also come in the following forms:

  • Sodium nitrite: Found in cured meats and sausages. Regulated preservative
  • Sodium propionate: Found in pasteurized cheese and in some breads and cakes to inhibit growth of molds.
  • Sodium sulfite: Used to bleach certain fruits such as maraschino cherries and glazed or crystallized fruits that are to be artificially colored; also used as a preservative in some dried fruits such as prunes. This chemical is banned in many countries
  • Disodium phosphate: Found in some quick-cooking cereals and processed cheeses.
  • Sodium alginate: Used in many chocolate milks and ice creams to make a smooth mixture.
  • Sodium benzoate: Used as a preservative in many condiments such as relishes, sauces and salad dressings. Regulated preservetive
  • Sodium hydroxide: Used in food processing to soften and loosen skins of ripe olives and certain fruits and vegetables.

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