Friday, February 01, 2008
Nanny Bans Salt Again and Again
It's a funny old thing, but yonks ago (18th September 2004 to be precise) when I first started this website, my very first article was about Nanny's obsession with salt.
How times have changed!
Errrmmmm, well no they haven't.
Three and a half years on, Nanny is still going on about salt. Yesterday I wrote about saltshakers having their holes reduced in number (wouldn't it be easier just to block a few holes with sticky tape?).
Today I would like to advise you that one of Nanny's special little trolls wants to ban salt from the dining tables of people's homes.
Martin Wiseman, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists, has said that food should only be seasoned with pepper or herbs in order to reduce salt intakes to recommended levels.
Prof Wiseman said:
"Because salt is added by food manufacturers, there is too much of it in our food before it even reaches our dinner table. By adding extra salt to a meal, you are only making things worse."
Doesn't the "safe" dosage of salt rather depend on:
- how much water you drink?
- whether you are sweating a lot?
- how much ready made food, or fresh food you eat?
- your body mass?
- your age?
I would point out that when I was a wee nipper (about 6 years old) my mum used to buy blocks of crystallised sea salt. They were solid blocks, wrapped in blue paper, around 12 inches high by 4 inches square.
My task was to "shave" them into salt crystals for our salt pots etc.
Mum would give me a knife, and let me get on with the shaving.
Can you see two Nanny dangers here?
1 A child with a knife
2 A child with salt
Call the Nanny police!
I always enjoyed salt shaving, and would take a few chunks to munch on.
It never did me any harm, as you can see.
Blanket bans and blanket advice is meaningless.
As a professor he should know that.
Same old story, same old tune from Nanny!