Right now, the City of Boston is feverishly spreading upwards of 250,000 tons of salt over its city streets. At least that’s one of the many jaw dropping stats thrown out on this morning’s news. That’s a lot of salt – a lot of anything for that matter. Which made me wonder … just how does 250,000 tons of salt make its way to Boston in the first place? Where did it come from? And is there going to be enough left for my fries?
The United States alone produces over 260 million tons of salt each year—at least that’s the common statistic floating around the internet. Some quick math will then tell you that during this massive Nor’easter wrecking havoc on Bean Town, close to 10 percent of our production will be used up in a rather short period of time … and if that makes you worried about not having enough left over for your fries, you can rest assured that there are ample amounts of salt in the world for your fries and mine.
BUT. If you’re still wondering, like me, where the salt is/was actually coming from … I figured that one out too. Not too long ago, the salt shakers at Boston Markets (yes, the “Home Style” fast food place) went missing from tables at all of the 476 locations—and while the CEO said the company was taking a stand to help rise awareness about our nation’s sodium intake, if you look closely at the streets of Boston after the salt trucks buzz by, you might notice small amounts of mashed potatoes and gravy underfoot.
NEWSFLASH … Rotisserie chicken saves The City on a Hill …
And if you want more specifics on how I came to know all this, you can Google it yourself – I thought about cutting and pasting a few links etc. to add a little spice (no pun intended) to my findings, but to quote Miss Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that”… so just take my word for it – salt is here to stay.
If you’re still here and still reading, note this is a repost from exactly four years ago. Given that it’s National Heart Health month, and given that a diet high in sodium can lead to cardiovascular disease (among other things) I thought it was appropriate to share again … besides, since the daily prompt is “tremble” which is a synonym for “shake” I thought of salt shakers … I know, you’re beyond impressed by my ability to cross reference ;) Oh, and to address the elephant in the room … simply because life got in the way—”life” aka a time-consuming paying writing gig. So there you go. Now go eat some fries, sans the salt, of course.