Resources - Salt Facts
did you know?
- Every cell of your body contains salt - an adult human body contains about 250 grammes to maintain the normal volume of blood and digest food
- Salt is used in manufacturing an estimated 14,000 products
- Salt was used to preserve Egyptian mummies
- In many cultures, salt plays a vital part in religious ritual, symbolising purity
- Salt is a mineral that almost everyone in the world consumes
- Until relatively recently, salt bars were the standard currency of Ethiopia
- In old Japanese theatres, salt was sprinkled on to the stage before each performance to prevent evil spirits from casting a spell on the actors
- In Arab countries, if you ate another man's salt, you could not harm him in any way whilst in his home, and he would not harm you
- Salt is used to removed traces of water from aviation fuel after it is purified
- The word "salary" comes from the Roman times, when soldiers were given an allowance to buy salt
- In Ancient Egypt, slaves were traded for salt, hence the expression: "not worth his salt"
- "Salt of the earth", meaning a person of great goodness, is one of over 30 phrases involving salt used in the bible
- If we are sceptical about a fact, we might "take it with a pinch of salt"