The Total Makeover of Everyday Salt

Can you think of a way we could improve salt?

Our guest blogger, Megan DuBois, is a freelance writer, proofreader and editor who lives in Denver, Colorado. Megan has a passion for food; growing up around homemade macaroni and cheese and burritos gave her quite an appetite. She wanted to share her interest in innovative foods with the readers of

Here's her article:

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Attention chefs, cooks, and moms alike! Are you tired of preparing a nice meal only to have it Rocky Mountained with clumps of salt? Well, two researchers from Bhavnagar, India have created a new product that will dissolve this prevalent salt dilemma. The solution? Round salt.

I know what you're thinking - "why do I care if salt is round or square or an obtuse triangle for that matter?" In an age of reinvention and makeovers, table salt is no exception to this trend. In fact, it's had a makeover of its own.

Table salt before: square and clumpy.

We grew up shaking salt onto fries and pretzels. Isn't it frustrating to never achieve an even distribution of salt on your food? It always seems to clump in three or four spots, even after you try to spread it around with your finger; this clumping is caused by humidity. It's that simple; humidity acts as glue for salt.

Table salt after: round and not-so-clumpy.

Overly salty bites be gone! This salt makes it possible to enjoy evenly-salted bites over and over again; and since this new salt is round, the chance of it sticking together is small. There's simply less surface area to stick together.

More than just the average - or professional - cook will benefit from round salt. In fact, chemical and pharmaceutical industries stand to gain the most because they use large quantities of sodium chloride (also known as table salt) and store it by the tons. A non-clumping salt will provide a smoother flow along food production lines.

How did the researchers discover this new salt? They added glycine to transform normal table salt into a spherical-like crystal. Glycine is a non-essential amino acid, a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and it makes up one third of each collagen cell in our bodies.

Thanks to the ingenious research of Parthasarathi Dastidar and Pushpito K. Ghosh, clump-less salt is in our future. The pair is part of a research group from the Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute and collaborated with a major food company in India to research salt. They have filed patent applications and if they receive approval from the FDA, you might soon see a new product in the seasoning aisle of your grocery store.

According to the researchers, this new discovery has the possibility of revolutionizing the food industry. Wow. And a food industry makeover begins.

Megan DuBois
Guest Blogger
Sep 23, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Is it more expensive?

These days, it seems like a lot of old, cheap products are being upgraded in some way in order to make them more expensive. I doubt that the salt manufacturers can make much profit on a 26-ounce box (which is actually circular!) which sells for about 39 cents. So, if they make a square box and put round salt in it, the price will increase. I don't use much salt and really don't care what shape it comes in. (Interesting concept, though)

Sep 23, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Salt is salt

If you want to check out a REAL invention, try that bottle sling guy's!

Sep 25, 2006
by boB (not verified)

I hardly use salt myself,

I hardly use salt myself, but something in the article caught my eye. They are using glycine, an amino acid. This would be an animal product, wouldn't it? That means they have succeeded in taking a food and making it so vegetarians can't eat it? (I'm not a vegetarian either, so I may be wrong...)

Sep 25, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)


Why would a "major food company in India" even want to research salt in the first place? Even if salt does tend to clump, so what? Is it really that big of a problem to warrant hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to change that? How wasteful. (And it is the Americans who are supposed to be wasteful?)

Maybe they can also make our road salt round so that we can have even better adventures in driving during winter storms.

Sep 30, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

round salt

Interesting point that it's an Indian company and the
additive is an animal product. Since most Indians are
vegetarian, they're evidently not developing this for
their own market, then, are they?

Sep 30, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Simon's probably having a Cow ell

Since we have iodized salt, they are probably trying to come up with an American Idolized Salt.