Non-alcoholic beer, low sodium salt, skimmed milk, low fat spread, nicotine free cigarettes, sugar free sweets, what next hydrogen free water. Apart from the last all these things are available in just about every corner shop in the UK. Each to there own I suppose, although I can’t understand why anyone would voluntarily pay more to receive less. I have just had the mis-fortune to have to cook without the use of salt, but instead had the use of ‘lo-salt’ a reduced sodium alternative (This costs £3-75 for 700g against 40p a kilo for normal salt). However when it came to using the stuff due to its inferior taste and effect on the food you end up using twice as much. Half the sodium, twice as much used GCSE in maths not required!
It is no good trying to argue against these products, the companies that make them and sell them are selling you less and charging you more, that’s what a business does, good for them. What drives me silly in the head is the conversations I have with the users of these products that actually believe they are making themselves more healthy by living in a state of denial.
I eat butter (salted), drink ‘normal’ milk, and add NaCl whenever I have the urge. I know that doing so to excess is not all good for me, but none of these things comes with a label telling me how healthy they are. If I were to consume low fat spread, drink ‘skimmed-milk’, and add ‘lo-salt’ to my food, each packet of stuff comes with a big label telling me how healthy all the stuff is. So I would not hold back and eat and drink to my hearts content.
Then with a bit of digging comes the devil in the detail, this from ‘losalt.com:’
‘A recent research paper published in the Cochrane Library has claimed that moderate reductions in salt intake do not reduce the likelihood of dying or experiencing cardiovascular disease.’
Are they just covering themselves for the first legal action taken against them? What was quite funny, was the comment from CASH (Consensus Action on Salt & Health) they stated this in argument against the scientific findings.
‘The evidence against salt, as it is for smoking cessation’
I smoke, drink alcohol, eat butter, and add salt to my diet. I should be dead!
Perhaps I am, and this is my hell!