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Nov. 3rd, 2003 | 11:28 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

I'm impressed–I may have actually not eaten enough salt today.

I didn't add any salt to the stuff I cooked today, and the food with the most sodium was the soy milk I had this morning. Roughly estimating sodium intake from serving sizes, put me at about .5 g. Doubling for not bothering to lookup the sodium content of brussel sprouts, carrots, onions, still leaves me somewhat shy of the 1.6 g/day the british nutrition foundation recommended.

Wait, did that miso take me over? no it didn't.

What did those mediaeval peasants do to get enough salt?

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Jen

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from: jadine
date: Nov. 3rd, 2003 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Peasants were just nutritionally deficient, and died young.

They did salt their meat heavily, though, when they could get meat.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 4th, 2003 12:05 am (UTC)
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I wonder where they got the salt? I was under the impression that salt was rather valuable during that period of history.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Nov. 4th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC)
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All I know about this, I know from playing Civ (the board game), in which Salt is a low-valued commodity (3, in a range from 1 - 9), which makes it valuable early, but not so much later... So I'm guessing that by medieval times, salt is fairly plentiful (whether from the sea or from mines), and that back when it was valuable, the peasants just didn't have much, and suffered bad health as a result.

KSR's Years Of Rice And Salt might have more about this, but I haven't read it yet.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 4th, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Games can sometimes oversimplify things. One of my coworkers was telling me a story about a housemate who was confused by why the military was using artillery in the Iraq invasion. He said "Why are they using artillery, don't they know that its only use is to disrupt enemy troop formations?".

According to this essay, the romans had evaporation pools for collecting salt and occasionaly paid their military in salt.

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