Sweigart Report: Table Salt | Vol. 3 / No. 28.1

Did you know “salt cellar” is totally redundant? Fun fact, it just means “salt salt-cellar” | Photo: Marlon E, CC BY-SA 2.0


I don’t have a lot of time or patience this week for crazy. So when I saw this pair of comments in a Facebook comment thread to a Vox article on what type of salt to use (hint: it’s entirely about crystal size and shape, and not about non-sodium-chloride things), I couldn’t resist sharing it with you folks.


Yeah, wake up, sheeple. The trace minerals in the (totally not a scam, honest) Himalayan Pink Salt are what you really need to avoid salt’s really complicated and sometimes blood-pressure-raising effects. It’s all about “mineral imbalance” and not, you know, a complicated relationship we’re still studying. Me, I responded with snark because I hadn’t had enough caffeine to put up with this crap so early in the morning, but what I should’ve said was this: I’ll be over here waiting for your scientific evidence of the intrinsic superiority of expensive and poorly-refined salt.

Happy Monday, everyone.


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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.