No doubt many of us associate salt with food, but did you know that it is used to manufacture around 14,000 products?
Not only is it an essential part of our everyday diet, it is used in many industries from food manufacturing to keeping our roads safe in winter.
For many years salt has been used in food to preserve its life cycle – not just to enhance flavour at table level. But did you know that many salts are found naturally in most everyday foods?
One of the main functions of salt within many food products is to maintain hygiene, especially when it comes to food products such as meat and dairy and without it many foods would spoil much quicker, regardless of refrigeration.
Unfortunately over the past few years, salt has received a lot of bad press and much of the valued research that actually favours salt in our food is often disregarded if it differs from that of the official ‘salt is bad for us’ line, despite being carried out by respected scientists.
Regardless of this, The Salt Association know just how important salt is to many food products we all eat today and believe that as part of a healthy diet, good food can be healthy food too, which includes the use of salt.
Roads are our nation’s arteries linking our economy and our society. Snow and ice endanger road users and put a strain on economic activity. Sensible salting keeps roads open and safe.
The words ‘grit’ or ‘gritting’ are sometimes used as synonymous with ‘salt’ or ‘salting’. In practice it is salt which is almost always used. The use of stones or chippings is not recommended for use in de-icing roads as this leads to an increase in windscreen damage claims. In the UK de-icing salt is often brownish in colour as it contains small amounts of (clay-like) marl.
De-icing salt has a low environmental impact when used responsibly. By following codes of good practice, winter maintenance professionals ensure salt is used sensibly and selectively. Effective planning can also help by designing roads in such a way that salt does not run off into water courses.
One of the other main uses for salt is to help soften our water.
Softened water can leave the water feeling silky and luxurious and could leave laundry brighter and softer. It can also help to reduce the amount of detergent needed for a wash.
Other advantages of water softening include cleaner glasses and dishes, softer hair after washing, a reduction in scale in bathrooms as well as saving money by reducing the cost of repairs, maintenance and other household fixtures such as heaters, showers and boilers.