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Geeky Food: 7 Things you didn’t know about salt (VIDEO)

Alex Van Buren is the former host of an award-nominated television segment, the New York Chow Report, in her home of New York City. She has written for Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Martha Stewart Living, and InStyle, among other publications. S...

All the salt trivia you need to know, in one handy video

What’s the 411 on NaCl?

Salt, a naturally occurring mineral, is a huge player in almost every culture’s cuisine. But did you know that it was once used in lieu of money to close deals and acquire goods? That there are a number of superstitions involving the stuff? That our government asked Morton to add it to table salt for the health of the United States population in 1924?

Well, now you do. Also, a breathtaking 68 percent of the salt we create — whether via solar evaporation, salt mining or commercial processing — has absolutely nothing to do with the stuff we eat.

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What’s it used for? Watch the video to find out; you may just be surprised.

And yes, those are salt crystals you spy here.

All the salt trivia you need to know, in one handy video

Image: Géry Parent/Flickr

How gorgeous are those?

We’re thinking maybe Isak Dinesen was right when she wrote, "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."

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