OCT 14, 2018 12:04 AM PDT

Why Don't Salt Substitutes Exist?

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

The basic table salt is composed of sodium chloride which dissociate into two separate ions: sodium serving as the cation (a positively charged ion) and chloride serving the anion (a negatively charged ion). These ions, when they dissociate, favor our taste receptors greatly by serving the perfect combination. However, because salt can be a health hazard—chemists, for many decades, have been at work seeking ways to produce a good salt substitute and the results always failed. For example, scientists have sought to use potassium chloride as a substitute but the combination is known to cause complications with other drugs as well as being harmful for individuals with kidney disease.

About the Author
  • Nouran enjoys writing on various topics including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
You May Also Like
OCT 01, 2018
Videos
OCT 01, 2018
Is Bigger Better?
Bigger is better, right? If you’re trying to insult someone you might call them a “pea brain” or tell them they have a “bird brain,...
OCT 05, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
OCT 05, 2018
Nuclear Reactor, Constructed by Nature
Uranium-235, making up about 0.72% of natural uranium on Earth, is a fissile isotope that fuels the nuclear chain reaction.  Back in 1972, staffs who...
OCT 06, 2018
Videos
OCT 06, 2018
Explore a Human Cell with an Interactive Website
The Allen Institute is aiming to enhance our understanding of how human cells function....
OCT 18, 2018
Videos
OCT 18, 2018
Tips on Bringing Stem Cells out of Deep Freeze
Once a subject of intense debate, stem cells have made their way into the research laboratory....
OCT 21, 2018
Earth & The Environment
OCT 21, 2018
Here's What'd Happen if Earth's Rotation Switched Directions
The Earth rotates in a specific direction, from West to East. But have you ever wondered what would happen if our planet suddenly stopped and then started...
NOV 07, 2018
Videos
NOV 07, 2018
The Threat of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Did you know that around one billion people suffer from a neglected tropical disease?...
Loading Comments...