Salt And India – A History
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.
Salt is obtained from seas that have evaporated or from living ones. Salt may bubble up to the surface as brine or form rocks in caves. Below the earth, it is found and mined, as it often is today. It is a crucial element in the diet of humans, animals, and even plants. It is a natural, highly effective and an extensively used food preservative. What’s more, salt’s industrial, commercial and other uses are countless too.
Salt – a timeless element!
Let’s journey back to 6050 BC, when salt was a vital and integral part of the world’s history back then! And today, is interlaced with innumerable civilizations. Throughout history, salt has always been a significant component of life and has been a part of numerous stories, folktales and fairy tales. Unquestionably, the history of salt is vast and exceptional, and it has left an unforgettable mark in cultures across the world.
Salt’s Indian History
A revolutionary act of non-violent protest and civil disobedience in India’s freedom struggle involved salt. This essential commodity was heavily taxed by the British and the production and sale of salt was prohibited in India. Majority of Indians could not afford to buy salt which was sold by the Britishers.
While, at the same time, the British produced and profited from the salt manufacturing that was carried out by the Indians living along the coast. In March 1930, Gandhiji defied this domination by the British and marched for 23 days along with his followers to the town of Dandi on the Arabian sea coast. On arrival at the coast, Gandhiji disobeyed the law by boiling salty mud. This non-violent protest was known as the Dandi March or Salt Satyagraha. After this event, people across India started making their own salt, and it became a significant milestone for Indian independence.
Today, India is the third biggest salt producing nation, after China and USA. Our global production is around 230 million tonnes per annum. The growth of the Salt Industry in the last 6 decades has been massively impressive. Our chief sources of salt are lake and sea brine, rock deposits and sub soil brine.
The significance of salt
Characteristically, table salt is processed to get rid of the contamination and also has an additive to put a stop to clumping. Table salt also has iodine added to it, which is very vital to help maintain a healthy thyroid. Sea salt and table salt have the same nutritional value, and both contain similar quantity of sodium by weight.
You may be wondering which one is the best salt for health. Tata Salt offers a range of salts that you can choose from. India’s first national branded iodised salt is Tata Salt which promises purity and the right amount of iodine for mental development. Select from - Tata Iodized salt, Tata Salt Lite, Tata Salt Plus, Tata Rock Salt and Tata Black Salt as per your dietary and culinary needs. Whichever type of salt you choose, consult your doctor to determine your body’s needs. As a significant element of cooking, the right salt is not only essential but also crucial for our wellbeing.
- Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods, Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno
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