You're aware that it raises blood pressure, causes obesity and heart disease but did you know it salt does have quite a few benefits?
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Leavening - in yeast breads, sugar helps the yeast grow, and salt keeps it in check. This balance is important to get the right leavening results in baking.
Nutrient - though sodium and chloride that make up salt are essential nutrients, salt can also be s source of iodine, which can be added to salt to make this nutrient more available in areas where iodine stores in the soil are minimal.
Cheese making - salt is essential for cheese making. It helps in ripening cheese but also it’s needed for the texture, flavour, quality, shelf-life and safety of cheese.
Food preservation - salt keeps food safe, like cured meats or salt in canning. With a salt water solution called a brine, salt draws water out of the food, so there’s less moisture to grow food spoilage microbes.