table or common Salt is one of the most important cooking ingredients without which we cannot eat our food.
Common salt history goes back to thousands of years back. Salt is basically used for food flavoring & seasoning and as a preservative too. It has a nutritional value also.
Table salt is produced normally by two methods
(1) Solar evaporation of seawater naturally. Or using technology to extract salt from seawater or from concentrate from salt lakes or pools called brine. Then it goes through various processes before it reaches your kitchen.
2) Salt Mines
The menace of plastic or micro plastic has entered the seawater and ultimately in our common table salt. The new study estimates that the average adult consumes approximately 2,000 microplastics per year through salt. Given that the particles are very small in size and often the same color of salt, it’s easy for them to mix up without being noticed. Determining the health risks of ingesting microplastics has been tricky so far and nobody has been able to come to a scientific conclusion. But at the rates we’re consuming the stuff – from our seafood to our table salt to drinking water even the dust in our homes – it can’t be good. It’s bad for mice, that’s for sure – it can’t possibly be much better for humans., which is a major health hazard.
“The World Wildlife Fund recently tweeted a picture of 5.9 kg of plastic trash found within a dead whale stomach. It is a threat to complete marine life”
Few solutions are available to substitute commonly available salt. One is to use Pink Himalayan salt, it is often said to be the most beneficial as well as the cleanest salt available on this planet today. In addition to dietary or culinary uses, it has all kinds of nutritional and therapeutic properties. You can use it as a better and healthier option to processed salt. Additionally, in non-dietary uses, it can be used as a homemade body scrubs and bath soaks, and you may have seen or owned a Himalayan salt lamp made from pink Himalayan salt. Since long, the people of the Himalayas have used this versatile salt to preserve meat and fish. You can buy grounded Himalayan salt or grind it yourself. The second option is to buy high-quality table salt. The problem is more prominent in salt producing Asian countries.
As individuals, we can help by making lifestyle changes, like recycling more or drinking from reusable water bottles and avoid single-use plastic. Initially, your contribution may look small, but together our collective action is powerful. Most of the plastic we throw on land anywhere will land up ultimately in seawater and your table salt. Microplastic has reached Antarctic ice also, via sea.
Let’s Save the World “Together”