Salt of the Earth

21 March 2009 · 9 comments

“Why did you buy a bag of potato chips?” Kris asked me the other day. “You shouldn’t be eating those.”

“I know,” I said, “but I was craving salt.” It’s true. I was craving salt — although “craving” puts it mildly. I was driving home from running errands when I felt an urge to eat raw salt in large quantities. I stopped for a bag of the best chips on earth: Kettle-brand salt & fresh ground pepper potato chips. These things are salt bombs.

My love for salt is nothing new. Many of you have sat with me in restaurants or at fancy dinner parties and marveled as I ate raw salt. I do it even more when you’re not looking. One reason I have a variety of salts in the cupboard (seasoned salt, garlic salt, herb salt, sea salt, bacon salt) is that I eat a lot of it and therefor want a variety on hand.

Why is this? Why do I love salt so much? Why do I need it? I’m not sure. But I’m very glad that, so far, I am not salt-sensitive. I would hate to have to reduce my sodium intake.

This morning I had a grapefruit for breakfast. But that wasn’t enough. When I’d finished both halves, I felt my longing for salt coming on strong. I spied the bag of potato chips on the counter. I poured myself an ounce of them, and then threw in an ounce of smokehouse almonds for good measure.

Ah, salt, how I love you.

1 Kris B. March 21, 2009 at 14:35

Chips for breakfast is often requisite. Kettle chips preferred.

2 Karl Staib - Work Happy Now March 22, 2009 at 12:33

Oh my beloved salt how I love to put you in every meal. I’m a big fan of salt too. Lately I’ve been bad and been eating chocolate and chips together. It’s gross and I have to stop.

3 Tiffany March 23, 2009 at 06:34

Stephanie has been told been her doctor that having a high salt diet helps her depression bi-polar symptoms!

4 Jeff March 23, 2009 at 09:35

Everything tastes too salty to me to start with… I’m always adding cracked black pepper to my food. I actually can’t remember the last time I added salt to something (other than in a recipe).

5 Mrs darling March 23, 2009 at 13:36

When we were kids at home Pop used to buy salt licks for the cows. I recall being fascinated at how the middle of the thing shaped itself to the cows tongue. Im thinking maybe you should just buy your own salt lick. When you get the craving walk by that big block and take a lick.

6 iJeff March 23, 2009 at 16:36

LOL @ Mrs. Darlings comment… maybe he could mount one in the bathtub so he could get his salt fix while soaks.

7 J.D. March 23, 2009 at 16:47

Haha you dorks. The funny thing is — and I’m not joking — that I just had a big handful of salty almonds and climbed in the tub for a soak. I’m writing this in the tub on my iPhone. Only jd, right?

8 Kristin March 30, 2009 at 20:27

Your salt cravings are a bit worrisome . . . just ask my mother about that!

9 pam April 5, 2009 at 18:00

I had eight salt pills and about 4 liters of Nuun (700 mg/liter, I think) today and I was still pretty sure I didn’t eat enough sodium, so I had a soda, a handful of chips and three slices of pizza. I am feeling fully salted now!

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