Posted by Dr. Science on 12/15/2014 in Question
While traveling through New England, I encountered roadside signs stating ‘Caution! Entering Low Salt Area’. Isn’t a diet high in salt bad for you?
———- from Alan Stacy of Walnut Creek, CA
Sure it is. The stunted stature and narrow provincialism so evident in New England has its source in such a high salt diet. The laws of fluid dynamics dictate that osmotic pressure will increase in a low salt environment, an event which could prove disastrous to those entering from the relatively salt-free states to the south and west. It’s hard to keep your mood and self respect intact when you’re surrounded by an impenetrable wall of ski resorts, claustrophobic cafes, expensive restaurants and that never-ending canopy of trees. That’s what I remember about new England. The grotesque, and grasping trees, the toll roads, the traffic. I can’t recall the salt.