Saturday, October 21, 2006

Salt Shaker And Casket

My title indicates that table salt kills people. Of course it does --there is no mystery about it. In the past, traditional African people living in the wild did not get heart attacks, at least not at any significant rate, but if the same people took jobs among the white people and ate a "good" Western diet, they experienced heart disease at the same rate as in the West.

You see, in the bush their diet was mostly plants, along with whatever animals, large and small, they could catch or kill. Plant juice is high in potassium and animal blood is high in sodium, minerals that we need in the right quantities. But in the Western world, a bit more salt for cooking and a bit more at eating time makes things tastier. The purveyors of dried, preserved and pickled foods know this, and so with "progress" comes tasty, salty food.

You can draw logarithmic lines for amounts of salt and potassium intake versus time in years, and you pretty well get a diagram of incidence of heart attacks over the same period. All this is well known, and the medical people and the "health nuts" agree in urging us to eat our veggies and to avoid dousing everything with salt.

As more of us eat out, and as fast foods increase, so do heart problems. This can't be ignorance, so it must be stupidity, or is it perhaps a modern form of death wish? Certainly, the old saloon motto in German-American bars is "dead" on: "Too soon we get oldt, too late we get schmardt".

25 Comments:

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Jim said...

I like to point out that we only have two choices...to surrender (profound acceptance) or resist (try to control) and if the latter we will always get more of what we are resisting. At end of day the only choice may be is what will 'use' us. As Shaw said, ''I want to give myself to a purpose I consder a mighty one, to be throughly used up when I die". I think he was saying to give yourself to the "herd" that is up to something worth dying for and participate full out until we do.

 
At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What age did the Africans live to while "in the wild" and what age in the salt filled office world?

Were they actually dying earlier in the office style world than "in the wild"?

 
At 4:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really want to understand sir if u mean africans were living in the 'bush'
thanks

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Scott Haley said...

Americans eat lots of salty food, and we live longer and longer. With similar logic to yours, a person could conclude that salt is good for you. We get heart disease now because we're not dying young from other things.

--Scott

 
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