Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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How to remove our fondness of meat, fish, eggs, cheese, white bread, rice, and pasta

Kill off the salt habit before it kills you

By accident, I discovered how salt in peanut butter fools our taste buds.

Once, I was somewhere where they had ‘normal’ and salt-free peanut butter of the same brand. I spread one slice of bread with the saltless type and another slice of the same bread with the salty spread. Then I first ate the one without salt. It tasted strange. Definitely not the taste of peanut butter. Then I ate the second slice. That tasted normal but, clearly, the only difference was the salt. In other words, peanut butter without salt is ‘not it’ only because it lacks salt. I decided not to be fooled anymore and switched to saltless peanut butter. I was used to it in no time.

Sometimes, I craved salt although I was used to never adding salt to any food. I discovered that putting a few cornels of salt on my under lip was enough to have a salty taste at many bites to come. So, there is no need to salt the whole dish or pan of food. And certainly, not to put salt in the water in which we cook stuff that absorbs the water, like dried beans, rice, and pasta. We don’t taste salt absorbed by such foods but our body does get to process it (salt gets ‘poisonous’ quickly). Better to mix these kinds of foods with salt after they cooked dry or after you poured off the water. If it’s difficult to spread the salt equally, try to mix in a tiny bit of soy sauce.

All meat, fish, eggs, cheese, white bread, rice, and pasta taste like nothing without salt. Our longing for these foods comes for a great deal from our habit to consume large amounts of salt. However, different from peanut butter, which has a great taste of itself, these non-foods have no taste to celebrate. Rather, salt, spices, texture, protein, burned-taste, and habit make us ‘like’ and ‘long for’ these pepped-up artificial animal-based foods. That’s why vegan and whole food fake animal foods can feel ‘the real deal and work as a replacement, when given the right color, burn and seasoning. NB: Talking of real, the original animal-based or super-refined foods are neither real nor super-healthy, healthy or tasty of themselves.

Worse is that people who’re used to put animal-based foods at the center of the meal, hardly eat anything else. Everything else is merely decoration. And to add insult to injury, often they also spice-up the real tasty foods, like roots, herbs, veggies, grains, nuts, and fruits — many of them a festival of taste. Few things are more boring than traditional non-vegan meals.

After getting used to low-salt, tofu doesn’t need salting. And, most of the time, soybeans even don’t need to be turned into tofu. So, the more you get used to vegan food, the more taste you’ll get. And fibers let you chew and you intestines kneed — which also greatly will add to feeling satisfied.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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