Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound that is mainly used in fertilizers, rocket propellants and fireworks; it is also one of the constituents of gunpowder, one of the ancient Chinese inventions.
As a Fertilizer
As a fertilizer, it provides two major nutrients, nitrogen and potassium, for plants.
As an Efficient Oxidizer
As an efficient oxidizer, which produces a lilac-colored flame upon burning due to the presence of potassium, it is used in amateur rocket propellants and in several fireworks such as smoke bombs.
These facts may make you surprised by its other uses in products that we consume.
Used in Food and Some Commodities
In the food industry, it's one of the components that are used in preventing bacterial infection. It is the reason why the cured salami and corned beef have their characteristic pink hue. It also ensures that pre-rolled cigarettes burn evenly.
This helped me understand why my father's homemade cigarettes would not work as well.
How about us who don't smoke? Well, we encounter it everyday if we have basic hygiene habits like brushing our teeth, especially when you use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
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