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Composition of salt, its importance and threats

Salt is made from sodium and chlorine, both deadly elements, but together, edible. How is this possible?

Why is alt necessary for body functioning?

Why is high salt intake harmful?

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Salt is made from sodium and chlorine, both deadly elements, but together, edible. How is this possible?

Sometimes very dangerous atoms or molecules can be combined to either form from a very safe to a very dangerous compound; it all depends on the way the atoms interact to either neutralize their aggressiveness or magnify it. Lets analyze table salt as an example.

Its chemical structure is of two atoms combined together: Sodium (Na) and Chlorine (Cl). Individually, they are extremely dangerous, even deadly. But when combined together, they become sodium chloride (NaCl), or salt. This combination takes two deadly atoms and makes an extremely safe compound which is one of the ...

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This solution provides a reasoning how salt is edible when its constituents are so dangerous. It also provides information on why salt is important and are the threats due to high salt intake.

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