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(Some Guy)   Americans confused by red wine, sea salt, most stuff going on in the world   (slashfood.com ) divider line 71
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2011-04-28 01:37:06 PM  
I was wondering about sea salt and sodium because I bought some reduced sodium salt (some of it is not sodium chloride, but another salt with magnesium rather than sodium).

It really should have less sodium per unit of weight if it contains other salts, like sea water does.

But then, sea salt is a scam any way.

Why would anybody want salt from the sea? The sea is a sewer. It has every chemical known to man and then some. It is full of critters and viruses. It has homeopathic doses of every homeopathic and allopathic medicine.

Of course, in order to avoid these, it is necessary to purify sea salt, in which case they may very well take out everything that is not sodium chloride, so that's probably the explanation.

But it doesn't explain why white people love sea salt. And it doesn't explain how homeopathy works, or why it fails to work.

Unless homeopathic medicine quacks have magical powers like those which allow priests to turn bread and water into the body and blood of Christ, a drop of sea water, mixed vigourously with a gallon of sterile water, ought to contain enough of everything (nothing) to cure whatever ails you, and cause it, and cure it again.

You ought to be able to cure everything that ails you with a sip of the stuff, properly diluted (or not).

Yet somehow the idea that homeopathic medicine is all around us--and free--has not occurred to True Believers.

And the idea that sea salt is just chunky salt, no different in any way from the smoothy salt that comes from salt mines, has not occurred to foodies and other lunatics.

It just goes to show that red wine and sea salt are magical substances and that you are quite right to be confused by them.

Chalk one up for the American public.

And while I am on the subject, grass-fed cattle should be healthier and therefore safer to eat than grain or garbage fed cattle.

Cattle were not meant to eat nothing but grain (and few do--it's used mainly for "finishing" them for butchering) and they certainly weren't meant to eat other cattle, sheep, roadkill, Hostess Twinkies(TM), fish meal, and all the other crap that industrial agricuture feeds to cattle. They were also mean to roam freely, out-of-doors, in the sun and the rain, on green pastures, and not to be locked in a small box full of their own manure and gallons of drugs administered to keep them "healthy" in the most unsanitary and disease-ridden conditions imaginable.

Sure, the meat might not really be any better nutritionally, but it won't be full of hormones, drugs and God wots not what. Not to mention the natural gas that goes into making fertilizer for all that forage.

If cattle are allowed to live free-range on natural pasture, it's healthier for the environment and the cattle. It should be heathier for you, even if you are not directly down wind from a cow factory or abattoir.

As for organic, the same thing applies: it's healthier for the environment to grow food naturally, despite all the nitpicking and lies of the anti-environment lobbies. You can never prove any of the claims of the anti-environment lobbies in any case because they are all farking reductionists, and the environment is not to be understood unless you can bring it altogether into a holistic understanding.

I've never seen one of these claims wash and wear yet. They fall apart the first time you launder them like a cheap Chinese t-shirt held together with even cheaper Chinese duct tape.

Go ahead: pay extra for organic. Provided it is grown within 100 miles and delivered to your table within 24 hours or so, it probably will be healthier. Flying it in from Chile doesn't make so much sense, but there is a reason why it is cheaper in Chile than in New York City.


The only legitimate use of big crystals of edible salt (sea or fossil) is pretzels. There could be a few other minor uses, but really, you shouldn't be eating big crystals of salt any way, they'll cut your mouth.
 
2011-04-28 01:39:20 PM  
The real crime in that picture of the swimming pool is this: IT'S A FARKING BLOW-UP SWIMMING POOL. If you are above the age of 12, you might want to bring a toaster into the pool and whittle on the cord with a kitchen knife.

Really. A blow-up plastic pool. How long is that going to last?
 
2011-04-28 01:55:08 PM  

brantgoose: The real crime in that picture of the swimming pool is this: IT'S A FARKING BLOW-UP SWIMMING POOL. If you are above the age of 12, you might want to bring a toaster into the pool and whittle on the cord with a kitchen knife.

Really. A blow-up plastic pool. How long is that going to last?


My sister has one for her kids.

So far, it has lasted three years. they are actually kind of nice in a cheap back yard pool kind of way.
 
2011-04-28 01:55:55 PM  

lordargent: EvilEgg: Rufus Lee King The outlets on that powerstrip are European, so it's doubtful that those are American retards.

It's also faked, it's been discussed on fark before.

Those plugs aren't recessed, they're missing.


At any rate, the license plate on that car in background confirms that it didn't happen in America....
 
2011-04-28 01:57:04 PM  
76% of 1,000 American polled agreed with the statement "wine can be good for your heart." Hey, the good news is: That's true, but only if you consume two glasses per day if you're a man and one glass if you're a woman. Otherwise -- and here comes the really bad news -- excess drinking can lead to all kinds of problems like irregular heartbeat, obesity, cancer, high blood pressure and even heart failure.

Read more: http://slashfood.com/2011/04/26/americans-confused-by-red-wine-sea-salt/#ixzz1Kq FZdD2G


What kind of Gotcha bullshiat statement is that? Okay, 100% of Americans polled said that water is good for you, but it's actually dangerous if you get it in your lungs you DUMB STUPID FAT AMERICANS HAHAHAHA
 
2011-04-28 02:02:21 PM  
Sea salt -- looks nice. For seagulls to poop in.

thumbs.dreamstime.com

/ have a friend who worked for Cargill at their sea salt evaporation facility near San Francisco
// the birds drop all kinds of crap into the salt, but thankfully most of it can be filtered out
/// ...most. Enjoy.
 
2011-04-28 02:13:17 PM  

brantgoose: But then, sea salt is a scam any way.

Why would anybody want salt from the sea?


Sea salt often has a different crystalline structure than table salt, and that can make a difference in cooking and food prep/storage.

Also, sometimes you want some of the other elements that come along for the ride in sea salt.
 
2011-04-28 02:15:41 PM  
AbbeySomeone:

It is not a healthy food choice.

If your blood pressure is on the low end I don't think the extra sodium is going to hurt to you. Plus it is a great source of protein and is low in fat.

Of course the texture is so disturbing there is no way I can eat the stuff.
 
2011-04-28 02:26:35 PM  

EvilEgg: Rufus Lee King The outlets on that powerstrip are European, so it's doubtful that those are American retards.


Plus people in photo are not fat
 
2011-04-28 02:28:51 PM  
I'm pretty sure there are absolutely no processes used when harvesting sea salts to keep unwanted chemicals/organisms out. Yeah, I just got this gut feeling about that. You could probably go get some and open it up and it would be whale cum and jelly fish sea gull poop fish eye syringe plastic bottle top sea urchin dolphin pee sand shrimp guts bacteria infected shark penis...
 
2011-04-28 02:33:42 PM  
Americans are also ill-informed about sodium, believing (56% of those surveyed) that ordinary table salt is the primary source in our diets

Probably actually true, if by "table salt" we mean sodium chloride from all sources, not just from a shaker next to the napkin dispenser.

How do you think all that dietary sodium got into the cottage cheese: from baking soda and MSG?
 
2011-04-28 02:33:55 PM  
I love the videos offered beneath the article. Use more salt!

Completely over the "all 300 million Americans believe the exact same stupid stuff and do the same stupid things" conceit, though, and the article made no actual point at all. Yes, we all drink big Target wine cubes every night and love sea salt so much we shake some in. Don't do that, got it.
 
2011-04-28 02:42:16 PM  
Americans confused by red wine, sea salt, most stuff going on in the world

FTFY (new window)
 
2011-04-28 04:02:52 PM  

lordargent: Those plugs aren't recessed, they're missing.

Unless those are what they're actually supposed to look like, in which case, weirdest plug in the world?


No, Lady Gaga has the weirdest plug in the world.
 
2011-04-28 04:10:27 PM  

unlikely: This is why Republicans and Democrats can still win elections.


This is why politicians can still win elections.
 
2011-04-28 04:34:01 PM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: unlikely: This is why Republicans and Democrats can still win elections.

This is why politicians can still win elections.


Point.
 
2011-04-28 06:22:48 PM  

Rufus Lee King: EvilEgg: Rufus Lee King The outlets on that powerstrip are European, so it's doubtful that those are American retards.

ShawnDoc: Rufus Lee King Yeah, just look at those stupid Americans, what are they doing using EU plugs on their "American" appliances? That's crazy.

/Here's a hint, American outlets aren't round and recessed.

Kar98: EvilEgg: Rufus Lee King The outlets on that powerstrip are European, so it's doubtful that those are American retards.

Also, there is Polish, or possibly Czech writing on the beer bottles.

Ok, ok. Youse guys needn't hock me to China, or nothin'. I just found that image after a quick search, and did not analyze it that intensely. At any rate, I have to commend you for your powers of observation.


I believe the phrase you are looking for is "Hock mir ein chinick" or some variance on that spelling. It is Yiddish phrase.
 
2011-04-28 06:38:02 PM  
hurr durr Americans are so stupid that they can give the right answer and still be wrong because they are so stupid!
 
2011-04-28 07:19:47 PM  
Guh.
 
2011-04-28 10:29:41 PM  
tricycleracer: Oblig

But if you look at the rest of the pictures, she doesn't look very euro at all.

NSFW
 
2011-04-28 10:52:03 PM  

Trivia Jockey: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Nutritional literacy should be mandatory in public schools

I agree, but at this point I'd settle for some basic "we didn't come from Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago" science education.


I don't know if their names were Adam or Eve, but I think you need to do a little checking on how scientists are tracing back our genetic origins.

"Stupidity is a condition, but ignorance is a choice."
-Wiley
 
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