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Updated 18 May 2017

10 fascinating facts about salt

The one thing that fast foods, whether it be chips, hamburgers, pretzels or fried chicken have in common, is loads of salt.

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Humans need salt to survive as our bodies require sodium to transmit nerve impulses, contract muscle fibres, and control fluid balance in the cells of the body – together with other electrolytes like potassium.

However, salt is a leading contributor to South Africa's cardiovascular disease epidemic, which claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.

Here are ten fascinating facts about salt:  


 
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