Why is the salt {industry} so highly effective? It has its personal PR and lobbying corporations to play tobacco industry-style techniques to downplay the hazards of excessive salt consumption, however salt is so low-cost. How a lot cash is the {industry} actually making? As I talk about in my video Massive Salt: Attending to the Meat of the Matter, it’s not the salt mine barons who’re raking it in—it’s the processed meals {industry}. Certainly, the trillion-dollar processed meals {industry} makes use of dirt-cheap added salt and sugar to promote us their junk, and, by hooking us on hypersweet and hypersalty meals, our style buds get so dampened down that pure meals could style like cardboard. The ripest fruit is probably not as candy as Froot Loops, so we simply proceed to purchase increasingly of the processed junk.

There are two different main causes the meals {industry} provides salt to meals. “The opposite 2 causes, nevertheless, are completely business and for many meals are the true cause the meals {industry} needs the consumption of salt to stay excessive.” If salt is added to meat, it attracts in water, so the load could be elevated by about 20 p.c. Since meat is usually bought by the pound, that’s 20 p.c extra revenue for little or no price.

Salt additionally makes us thirsty. There’s a cause bars supply free salted peanuts and soda firms personal snack meals firms. It’s not coincidence that Pepsi and Frito-Lay are the identical firm. Would we shell out 9 {dollars} for a drink on the motion pictures after consuming a bucket of unsalted popcorn? Would we supersize our soda in the event that they didn’t salt our fries and Massive Mac?

Salt can also be added to meat as a result of it solubilizes the muscle proteins right into a gel for “optimum” meat texture, which is without doubt one of the causes the meat and fish industries like transglutaminase, the “meat glue” enzyme. Meat glue may help gel the muscle protein with out including salt.

A few of these salt options depart a bitter aftertaste within the meat, however this downside could be managed by including chemical “bitter blockers…which work by blocking the activation  of [our] style receptor cells and thereby stopping style nerve simulation”—that’s, the knowledge is stopped from ever reaching our mind.

The meat {industry} acknowledges that its merchandise contribute a big quantity of dietary sodium, “maligning their very own picture,” however salt is simply so low-cost that utilizing the rest would price the {industry} cash. Nevertheless, if the meat {industry} is ready to resolve this price challenge—if it could possibly make it cost-effective—then, someday, maybe it may find yourself (because the meat {industry} itself mentioned) “saving hundreds of thousands of lives in addition to {dollars}.”


You’ll be able to rejuvenate your style buds for those who lower down on meals with added salt, sugar, and fats. Try Altering Our Style Buds.

Did I say meat glue? You probably have by no means heard of it, see my video Is Meat Glue Secure?.

The meat {industry}’s response to salt jogs my memory of its response to the classification of processed meat as a recognized human carcinogen. See Meat Business Response to New Most cancers Pointers and The Palatability of Most cancers Prevention.

Isn’t there controversy as to how unhealthy salt actually is for you? Determine for your self with the science:

In well being,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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