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Salt occurs naturally as the mineral halite in seawater and saltwater lakes around the world. Salt is processed and refined in many different ways, resulting in variations in taste, texture and color.
Whatever its appearance, all salt contains a mix of sodium and chloride. Salt may also naturally contain small amounts of other minerals, which gives it variations in taste.
Whichever type of salt you enjoy, do so in moderation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams a day.
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