Friday, 17 January 2014

The world according to Snafu - Another curmudgeonly rant.

Sea salt.
 Recently a firm in the UK has gained the right to name their product as coming from their local strip of sea and anyone else now using that name will be breaking the trading rules of the EU. The seawater they use to make their product is subject to ocean currents and wind, and consequently is arriving from many other parts of the sea. So as long as it happens to pass by their inlet pipes, they can now claim it is their exclusive brand of sea salt. So why become so paranoid about other people using that location name for seas salt that comes from water which may have come from anywhere, what is so good about it?
Surely the main component sodium chloride is what makes it salt and any kind of salt must be largely that. But there seems to be a myth that sea salt is better for you than any other kind of salt. How? Any kind of salt is not good for you if you add too much to your diet no matter where it comes from. So what makes sea salt good for you? If it comes straight from the sea, then whatever is in sea water will presumably be present too, therefore sea salt may have other mysterious ingredients that make it good for you. So what is in the sea besides salt? Well apart from minute traces of minerals, like iron, copper, zinc and gold and so on, which are always present in sea water, there is all that pollution we keep hearing about which is killing off sea creatures. Therefore there must be that nasty stuff, plus all the dead sea creature corpses in various states of decay, to say nothing of the lightly processed effluent that is released into coastal waters and of course this particular sea salt manufacturer is not too far from a couple of nuclear power stations that release their coolant water into the sea further along the coast, possibly adding a trace of uranium and other isotopes into the mix. To remove all these extra pollutants and make it safe to consume, they must remove all the impurities and produce pure salt. Isn’t that what non sea salt consists of? So tell me again, why is sea salt good for you?

Elastic bands.
Some time ago there was a campaign in the UK to stop the Post office from using red elastic bands to keep their bundles of letters together, because the posties were simply dropping them in the street and they made an unsightly mess in our residential areas. This was the case and a friend of mine had a large elastic-band ball he had made by simply picking up the hundreds of red elastic bands he encountered when walking his daughter to school. The campaign worked and we no longer see red elastic bands in the street. Just brown ones…


  1. The one thing that's naturally in sea salt that wasn't in your Cerebos box is iodine. That's why they used to add it.

    It's very nice salt. We visited their factory last year and bought some lovely 'flavoured' salts. Like vanilla, and celery. Sounds awful? Vanilla salt on grilled white fish is wonderful. And I work in the city, so I probably breathe in all those pollutants anyway. A bit of flavour isn't going to make me die any earlier.

  2. I didn't need convincing about the nasty aspects of salt, as I eliminated 'extra' salt from my diet long ago...but you certainly explained it all very graphically! We were upset about our postman dropping his blue elastic bands along the way...we found them all over the neighbourhood. So we began to make a long string of them and then were going to mail them to the post office to make a point. Of course, as soon as we started collecting them, the source dried up. He must have read our minds, or maybe we now have an eco-conscious mailman!