White cubic crystals with a characteristic salty odor.
Salt is used as an essential nutrient, and a flavoring in food.
Table salt is a mixture of sodium
chloride, potassium iodide, glucose, and anti-caking compounds
to make it pour easily and resist humidity.
Sodium chloride is also used in products to change their properties.
In shampoo, it is used to adjust the final viscosity of the product.
In breads, it is used to moderate the growth of yeast, and strengthens
In ice cream and frozen foods, it lowers the freezing point of water.
In cured meats, it acts as a preservative, by attracting moisture
out of the cells of microbes, causing them to die. It acts as a
tenderizer by helping the proteins to bind water. It helps to
develop color in preserved meats so they don't look gray. Its
help in binding proteins to water helps bind sausage and other
ground or chopped meats together.
sodium chloride: InChI=1/ClH.Na/h1H;/q;+1/p-1/fCl.Na/h1h;/q-1;m potassium iodide: InChI=1/HI.K/h1H;/q;+1/p-1/fI.K/h1h;/q-1;m