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Issue Date: September 26, 2012

Now the nutritionists are taking the salt shaker off the table in school hot lunches by some sort of mandate in some areas, as salt is considered harmful and dangerous. Salt or sodium chloride, is, according to my Encyclopedia Brittanica, found abundantly in nature, and has widespread use as a food seasoning and preservative. It has always been one of mankind’s highly prized mineral resources, and is frequently associated with the most basic of needs. It had a great religious significance for milleniems and in the text of Hebrew scriptures the words ... a covenant of salt forever and with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

On hot and sunny days, marathon long distance runners will collapse and lose consciousness because of salt deprivation. Roman soldiers in the days of empire were paid in the form of salt.

Salt was once used for money, and the word Salary is derived from the word Salt. A human body demands some salt to stay alive.

I have mistrusted nutritionists ever since grade school days, when our teacher informed us that the health book said every child should have a quart of milk every day. We got a quart of milk every day from our milkman, Mr. Bundy for the whole family, and despite that we were educated to the belief that each of us should have a quart a day to nourish our teeth. Well, I am 87 years old now, and have all of my teeth. Being told that our diet should include a quart for each of us children, made us feel that maybe our parents and our family were substandard in a very serious manner.

When I taught school in Orangeville, Ill. back in the 1950’s, nutritionist doctrines made the food so tastless for the kids that big garbage cans of wasted food went to feed area hogs.

Too much of anything can be harmful to children and adults. Denying a bit of salt to children is bad nutrition policy.

Blaming childhood obesity because of the school hot lunches is more nutritionist folly. Obesity comes from excess consumption of calories, especially at home.


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