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Salting the Greens

SaltSensibility: The Bitter Truth about Vegetables

In an effort to encourage lower sodium consumption, UK policymakers have removed the salt shakers from school lunchrooms. As a result, students are not only eating less sodium but also, unfortunately, fewer vegetables. Simply put, the most nutritious cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and turnips) have a strong bitter component. Since it has been universally established that most children (and adults as well) need to increase their vegetable consumption significantly, the UK approach of substantial salt reduction seems misguided to say the least. The use of salt to improve the palatability of vegetables will do far more to promote an optimal diet than reducing the small amount of sodium chloride needed to make vegetables more palatable.

I can hear the "Healthy Eating" fascists heads spinning and threatening to explode, the idea that anyone doesn't want to live on tasteless grey sludge which is "good for them" is beyond their ken...


Our 'thinkers' fall for this law of unintended consequences every time. They just don't think anything through. Although to be honest I think they must be a bit short in the thinking department. Maybe salt changes you to a) Always thinking they are right and b) let's not hurt ourselves by thinking about the consequences.

I bet most of them have banned Dihydrogen monoxide. Lucky they can live off G&Ts.

I was always told that you need salt or you will get cramp.... I don't know about that but I do know that crisps are rubbish without salt. I remember the good old Smiths crisps with a blue paper twist of salt in each pack (well 4 or 5 sometimes). Sometimes in the dark you couldn't find the salt by rumaging around in the packet, but you did when you bit into it.
Ahhh nostalgia's not what it used to be.

Is your salt iodized a microscopic fraction to help prevent thyroid problems? Salt will help prevent cramping, and it makes food taste better - it has for thousands of yers. I thought the whole salt=blood-pressure crap had been revealed as mostly bunk?

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