Yeah, here we go again. Just like everything from caffeine to eggs, it was good for you, then bad for you, then good for you then...ah, the glories of "scientific consensus". Latest up is NaCl, or sodium, or salt - as most people refer to the stuff.
A new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension analyzed data from 8,670 French adults and found that salt consumption wasn’t associated with systolic blood pressure in either men or women after controlling for factors like age.
You know, if you drink too much water, it'll kill you. How about this: maybe we can just agree that drinking a case of water (or beer, or wine) a day probably isn't good for you. Eating a dozen and a half large eggs a day probably isn't, either. And maybe emptying an entire two-ounce shaker of salt onto your burger's not such a great idea.
Thankfully, our garden this year contains but one tomato plant, one bell pepper plant, and one hot pepper plant in addition to the usual onions and herbs and stuff. The weather being as it has, we have bumper crops of tomatoes and peppers, so in an effort to keep up, I do a lot of chopping and dicing - making a batch of salsa every few days. I can get rid of three or four tomatoes, half a bell pepper, and a hot pepper (along with a quarter of an onion and some garlic) that way. I add a shot of key lime juice and a couple of pinches of Cypress flake salt (which was going to kill us, but now is not) and some ground black pepper as well.
I dump the bowl into the fridge for a day, and because the tomatoes are fresh from the garden, it gets pretty juicy. But I dump the bowl into a colander and use the juice for marinading meat - you end up with a great-tasting dish and some great (not soupy) salsa.
Usually, you use cilantro in salsa, and for a while I did - but the hot weather caused it to bolt early on, it so that herb's pretty well shot for the season. Thus, I subbed in garlic, and it works remarkably well.
Thus far, nobody in the family has died.