See that? Not whether to, but how to – as it what we eat is any of their damned business. Frankly, the amount of salt I consume is my business alone and no one else’s and I will do all that I can to keep it that way. Indeed, the whole salt links with cardiovascular problems is based upon junk science anyway. I’m pretty liberal with salt in my cooking and that will continue. I will also add it afterwards to flavour as I see fit. And, despite all the salt I intake, I have low blood pressure, not high.
The worry is that people take this bunk seriously. A while back I witnessed a couple of youngsters who thought that pistachio nuts were junk food and dangerous because they had added salt. I did my best to disabuse them of that notion, pointing out that nuts had proteins and these are essential to our diet. Indeed, a low salt diet can kill you – our cells need it to maintain their structural integrity. A high salt diet for most of us will be harmless as our bodies are designed to excrete the excess. And as DP points out, in other parts of the world, the population consumes more than we do with no noticeable effects on health.
Never mind, though, the puritans have salt firmly in their sights and are seeking to micromanage our lives for us.
Raised blood pressure is the dominant cause of death and disability in adults worldwide,
Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but I’ll tell you what raises my blood pressure and it isn’t what I eat…
Still, despite the fact that salt intake does not adversely affect our health, our health secretary is determined to indulge in the same kind of micromanagement as the coalition’s predecessors.
Companies will also agree to reduce salt levels to ensure that average intake falls to 6g a day by next year.
Under the terms of the agreement, manufacturers will make sure that sausages have no more than 1.13g of salt per 100g, tomato ketchup no more than 1.83g per 100g, and pizzas 1g of salt per 100g.
My response to this will be the same as my response to shop bought sandwiches without butter. Two pieces of dry bread slapped around a filling with no butter simply means that I won’t buy them. I will prepare them myself at home and make sure that I do get a bit of butter on my bread. I will decide how much salt I eat, not Andrew Lansley or the appeasers in the food industry. It being my body and my health, the only person who gets to decide what I eat is me. If they insist upon trying, I will simply prepare more food at home that meets my taste and take it with me.
On a related note, Mrs L was complaining about the tendency to only have skimmed milk at work. Skimmed – or even semi-skimmed – milk is pointless and frankly tastes pretty disgusting. You might as well take your coffee black rather than put that muck in it. I suggested that she buy some gold top and take it in with her. That way she gets a decent tasting coffee. Sure enough, I noticed a bottle of gold top in the fridge the following day waiting to go into work.
Cross posted from Longrider