Saltpetre


Also known as:
Potassium Nitrate.

Description:
It is a chemical compound and a natural source of nitrogen. They are seen as crystallised forms in caves and from bat guano. These are produced from different sources.

Commonly used in:
Preserving food, as a thickening agent in soups and stews and used in manufacturing fertilizers.

Health Benefits:
It has some health risks which includes respiratory illnesses such as coughing, asthma and shortness of breath. Skin and eye contact may result to allergies and irritation such as redness, itching and pain.