25. The salt of the earth
For centuries salt has been enjoyed, and was a sign of hospitality and wealth. But you know what they say, ‘too much of a good thing’…well, salt is no exception.
Traditionally salt was offered as a gift or in payment. A host showed how much he valued his guests by placing salt on the table.
Even today when a table is laid before a meal you can almost guarantee that the salt-cellar will be there, often taking centre stage. But nowadays it’s there to enhance flavour, or through habit.
We now know that a high intake of salt is linked to high blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Salt is made up of sodium and chloride and it’s the sodium that’s bad for us. Small amounts of sodium, ...