Experts confirm that theres a staggering 37 billion tonnes of salt in the sea. Ordinary sea salt is 97% sodium chloride whereas Dead Sea salt is a mixture of chloride, as well as bromide salts. Ordinary sodium chloride only makes up about 30%. So no, we wont be running out of salt any time soon!
How much salt is left in the world?
The Dead Sea has a salinity of 33.7 per cent. This is almost 10 times saltier than ordinary seawater. If you evaporated a litre of Dead Sea water, youd have around 250g of salt left behind, and in the whole of the Dead Sea there are about 37 billion tonnes of the stuff.
What do you do if you run out of salt?
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Do we need salt to stay alive?
The human body cant live without some sodium. Its needed to transmit nerve impulses, contract and relax muscle fibers (including those in the heart and blood vessels), and maintain a proper fluid balance. It doesnt take much to do this.
Is there an alternative to salt?
Cinnamon, which is one of the most common ingredients in baked goods, can also replace salt. This warm spice has slightly sweet and peppery undertones. Add it to chilis, soups, tomato sauce, curries, roasts, and marinades for chicken or turkey. Whats more, you can swap cinnamon for salt when cooking beans or lentils.