Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

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, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. 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 most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * 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. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. 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 a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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