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Flashback Friday: Large Salt—Attending to the Meat of the Matter

Beneath is an approximation of this video’s audio content material. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, photographs, and quotes to which Dr. Greger could also be referring, watch the above video.

Why is the salt {industry} so highly effective? They’ve their very own PR and lobbying corporations to play tobacco industry-style techniques to downplay the hazards. However salt is so low cost. How a lot cash are they actually making? It’s not the salt mine barons; it’s the processed meals {industry}. Similar to the sugar {industry} might care much less if we purchase a two-pound bag on the retailer, it’s the trillion-dollar processed meals {industry} that makes use of the dirt-cheap added salt and sugar to promote us their junk. And, by hooking us on hyper-sweet and hyper-salty meals, our style buds get so dampened down that pure meals style like cardboard. The ripest fruit might not be as candy as Fruit Loops; so, we simply proceed to purchase an increasing number of.

However, there are two different main causes the meals {industry} provides salt to meals. “The opposite 2 causes are totally business and for many meals, are the actual motive the meals {industry} needs the consumption of salt to stay excessive.” In the event you add salt to meat, it attracts in water; so, you may enhance the burden by like 20%. And, because it’s offered by the pound, that’s 20% extra income for little or no price. Salt additionally makes us thirsty.

Bars supply free salted peanuts for a motive. Soda corporations personal snack corporations for a motive. It’s not coincidence that Pepsi and Frito-Lay are the identical firm.

Would we shell out 9 bucks for a drink on the films after consuming a bucket of unsalted popcorn? Would we supersize our soda in the event that they didn’t salt our fries and Large Mac? However that’s not the one motive salt is added to meat. It solubilizes the muscle proteins to a gel for optimum meat texture. That’s one of many causes the meat and fish industries just like the so-called “meat glue” enzyme, transglutaminase. Meat glue will help gel the muscle protein with out including salt.

However a few of these salt alternate options go away a bitter aftertaste within the meat, however this drawback might be managed by additionally including a bitter blocking chemical to the meat, which works by blocking the activating of our style receptors, and stopping that data from ever reaching our mind.

The meat {industry} acknowledges that their merchandise contribute a major quantity of dietary sodium, maligning their picture. However, salt is simply so low cost that utilizing anything would price them cash. Nonetheless, if they can resolve this price situation, if they will make it price efficient, then, someday, perhaps, they might find yourself saving tens of millions of lives, in addition to {dollars}.

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