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Posted on 10/16/2010 8:43:41 AM PDT by neverdem
I consume a politically incorrect amount of table salt. It's not often that the taste of my food cannot be enhanced by a supplemental sprinkling of this much-maligned condiment.
Occasionally, my thoughts turn salty, especially when confronted by one of those elfin, formal dining table shakers. You know, the ones with the bullet-like cap and one tiny hole that defies passage except by one grain at a time, and not without athletic effort. I much prefer something on the order of perhaps a small mason jar, maybe with a side handle. I avoid low-sodium food products like the plague. They are without exception bland -- epicurean failures of the first order. If you don't believe me, open a can of the "Healthy Request" version of chicken noodle soup offered by the country's premier producer of canned soups. M'm. M'm. Bad!
Didn’t the clintons decorate the WH Christmas tree with condiments?
Oh. Yeah. That was it.
Good Morning Ron!
I LOVE V8 juice, but it's really high in sodium, and the low sodium version really sucks... By the time I "spice it up," it's probably got about the same amount of sodium as the "original."
Just look for the Nikes hanging by their laces from the overhead telephone line.
All just for a little salt on our french fries...
Nanny State PING!
It is salty but not salt.
When salt and sugar are outlawed, only outlaws will have salt and sugar.
I’m kinda partial to dried hot pepper flakes, myself.
I do not avoid salt but it is my spice of choice with most things. I like a mix of paprika, cumin, and dry mustard for my eggs. I use garlic in most everything. I do like salt (and butter) on my baked potato and popcorn.
I’ll never forget the woman who bragged to me that she didn’t use salt in her cooking or have it on her table as she munched on a bag of potato chips.
My response would be "You don't know what you're talking about, and until you do, you're not allowed to speak to me." I, my FRiend, am WORTH my salt and I'm damn well going to use it.
I feel the same way about pepper. They cram so much of it into the shaker that it's not free to move around, making it impossible to shake a decent amount onto your food without looking like a horny lib teenager behind the curtains.
Many are the times that I've just unscrewed the cap to shake out a righteous amount of pepper.
Sodium Deficiency (neurally-mediated hypotension) Symptoms associated with inadequate sodium intake include undue fatigue after moderate exertion, lassitude, headache, sleeplessness, and an inability to concentrate. (9) Neurally-mediated hypotension (an abnormal neurocardiogenic reflex in individuals with structurally normal hearts) is a common cause of recurrent lightheadedness and fainting which can develop as a result of inadequate sodium intake. After an episode, fatigue is prominent and may last for a long while. (10) This abnormal reflex is common in chronic fatigue syndrome. When patients were tested on a table designed to tilt them upright at various angles, all except one showed evidence of neurally-mediated hypotension as compared to only 4 of 14 normal controls; moreover, 9 patients reported complete or nearly complete resolution of CFS once this pathophysiologic response was adequately treated. (11)
Pass the salt, please!
I assume you have inherited the health nazi/nanny state ping list. Correct me if I'm wrong, please.
What I like is that you can adjust the size of the grains for coarseness depending on what you're salting.
No, it isn't.
If you have certain types of health problems you might want to keep an eye on how much of it you eat but salt is necessary for life.
A friend of mine has Hyperkalemia (high potassium) which means that the "low salt" stuff is poison to her and she has to be careful about her intake of things like, apples, bananas, brown rice, beans, orange juice, potatoes and a whole host of other stuff that is considered "healthy food".
I love salt and I eat a lot of it, if I cut down then I start feeling ill and my blood pressures drops dangerously low. This happened a couple of times when I let someone talk me into a "healthy low salt diet." My doctor told me that if she ever heard of me doing that again she was going to slap me.
You body knows what it needs and no paper pushing bureaucrat should be able to tell you what you should or should not eat.
I have found that by mixing 1 can of regular V-8 and 1 can of the low sodium V-8 that it ain't that bad. The only hassle is finding a container to hold the two cans of V-8.
An empty 32 oz Gatorade bottle works okay:-)
See post 19 and the link.
Hubby is a pepperholic. Regardless of where we are the top of the shaker comes off so he can pepper his food.
This happened to me, during a period when I was drinking a LOT (1+ gallon) of water each day. Couldn’t understand the constant headaches, dizziness, “mini-blackouts” (lasting a few seconds). Only when I got sick with something and restricted my water intake did I notice a change — that my salt-deficient syptoms disappeared within hours. Thankfully, I made the connection. When I did some research, I discovered that I’d been peeing all my electrolytes down the drain for the previous two months.
I still drink a good amount of water, but I monitor the amount. And I’m sure to add a sprinkle of salt to almost every meal.
I absolutely agree. Many foods are yucky without salt. Heck, I knew one guy who even salted his bacon!
As for the stockpiling, I already have begun that. I figure that when and if TSHF a pound of salt might be a valuable medium of exchange.
Yes, I inherited it from Eric.
I am a firm believer that we manifest our dire nutritional needs as cravings for foods (or sometimes non-food substances) which contain nutrients we need.
People who eat what tastes good to them tend to get what they need. If I need more salt in my diet, it just plain tastes good.
I had suspected something when Chronic fatigue syndrome was announced not long after our media had gone on a huge low salt/no salt kick, and wondered if the two were related. I do not have high blood pressure, so I did not restrict my salt intake as many others who should not have did.
Me too but I have to add salt.
My wife does that all the time with scrambled eggs, she literally covers them. Not that she loves pepper so much, she says she doesn't like to look at the eggs.
She did it in a restaurant once and a waitress noticed her eggs as she was passing by and said, "Oh, my goodness, did someone leave the pepper lid loose for you"? and offered to bring her some more eggs.
I absolutely refuse to buy or eat (if I can help it) ANY product that says it’s “low fat”, “diet”, “light” (lite), “low salt” or “low sodium”, “sugar free” or most anything that has some “healthy” krap(tm) on the label [especially the damn “artificial sweeteners” that will cause cold sores to break out in 10 min.] And I actually READ the list of contents on anything I’m not familiar with.
Occasionally, I stop and McDonald’s and get a Big Mac meal. I just happen to like the taste of a Big Mac once in a while. But the place I usually go to has stopped putting the condiments like salt, pepper, catsup, etc. out on the counters. So I make a point of asking the person for four (4) salt packets. Then I put the bag on the counter and proceed to pour all four of them on the fries. I’m just waiting (and hoping for) some health obsessed busybody to say something to me about it.
I’ll say, “You know, it’s really upsetting that my medical lab gave you the results of my blood tests. Just how much do you know about hyponatremia and its effects? Now, exactly which medical school is it that you got your medical doctor’s degree from? I think you should go get your money back because you just showed just how ignorant their graduates are. But really, thanks for your concerns about MY health. When you get to the point where you have achieved optimum good health, then I might start to listen to something you might have to say. Good day!”
I don’t have hyponatremia, to my knowledge, but I’ve found that most supposed health obsessed busybodies wouldn’t even know what it was [or that salt is sodium [Na]+ chloride (Cl)- too many syllables for them] and I rarely get sick. Been to the doc’s once in about the last 25 years. Self diagnose and treat most anything I got when everyone else I know is running to the doc or having to go to the ER or hospital for some damn thing and getting sick all the time.
Unfortunately for me and my curmudgeonly disposition, nobody has said a word to me about the salt thing. Guess I’m gonna have to get more obvious about it.
Pepper has no business being in a shaker, at least for anything remotely resembling real food. Fresh peppercorns in a grinder is the only way to fly. You lose too much aromatic goodness with pre-ground pepper.
There oughta be a curmudgeon's ping list. I'd join that one in a high-fat, sodium-rich heartbeat. I always tell the family that when I grow up, that's I wanna be. (They say I already am. A curmudgeon, that is, not grown-up.)
Saw the first line of yer post and knew it would be a good'un.
I can relate. I accidentally bought a thing of the low salt V8 last week. I took one swig of it and tossed it. Felt terrible about the waste but knew there was no way I’d drink that stuff. Just awful. The problem is that it’s not just low salt - they also put potassium salt and sugar in it which gives it a weird wang.
BTW, maybe I’m crazy but to me V8 tastes best in the big half-gallon cans. I don’t know if it’s because there’s no exposure to UV light that way or what, but to me it tastes fresher.
>>>It is salty but not salt.
It’s salt and then some...
Ingredients: iodized salt, starch, monosodium glutamate, hydrogenated vegetable oil, spices, spice extracts (with celery). Warning: May contain traces of eggs, soy, wheat, milk and mustard!
Thanks for the ping!
I like it better too, and in the small cans as well (which I buy for work). I think that the acid in the juice leeches some of the steel from the cans into the juice, which makes it better. :-)
The "natural" goals of the salt police and other control freaks.
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