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Messenger: Alexander Sent: 9/9/2007 3:19:12 PM

Why is salt seen as not ital by some brethren? I do not eat any synthetic salt, but I cannot see why sea salt should be avoided. It would be interesting to hear some different views on this.

Messenger: Sis Irijah Sent: 9/9/2007 5:37:16 PM

salt is seen as a slave food to most of InI.

some ras consume a bit of sea salt tho.

Selassie I

Messenger: Selahssie i son Sent: 9/9/2007 10:56:05 PM

The Problem is too much Salt,and dont put no salt in ital.

Messenger: Ten Sent: 9/10/2007 4:06:34 AM

Blessed Love
Yes as the I said too much salt is bad for you and you don't really get to taste the flavor of the ital on its own. Vegetables also contain a salt of their own eg onions, spinach so adding salt just increases salt levels in the food. Regarding sea salt specifically, it was reasoned to I that too many people died in the sea so to eat it, is to eat death and to eat I n I ancestors. Sis Irijah is this what you mean by slave food or is there another meditation for the I?
Give thanks for bringing up this issue because I too have questions on salt.

Messenger: Alexander Sent: 9/10/2007 5:26:02 AM

Many thanks for the reasonings.

I've been reading up a bit on modern sea salt production and it seems that some (probably most) sea salt is "cleansed" with some kind of chemical before packaging, which very much makes it not ital. Also, it probably takes away most nutritients from the salt.

This seems like a good reason to not eat any salt.

Messenger: Ten Sent: 9/10/2007 9:07:04 AM

Well not all sea salt is processed, you can get unrefined salt which is the sea salt or coarse salt and you also get unrefined salt from lakes and from rocks - hence the name coarse rock salt. It still contains the nutrients and is said to be very good for you and is good for those on a low salt diet because of hypertension and BP. But if you have reasons against the use of all sea salt and rock salt you can go to a specialist shop you can get vegetable salt which is a sodium extract from vegetables. But if you really want no salt at all I've found lemons work well and soya sauce as a replacement - plus with all the other herbs n spices you won't really miss salt.

Messenger: Sis Irijah Sent: 9/10/2007 1:37:00 PM

Haile I
Selassie I


well first let I start off by saying this sistren is of an at times i forget that some expressions most may not be familiar with.

when this sis says slave food....

InI started sighting Rastafar I in the mid 70' the early seventies though, this sis was how can i say...rather revolutionary is a mild statement but suffices for now...InI comrades and I were very much aware of the system and so and had been actively studying everything we could get our hands on in order to survive, what we saw to be at that time, the revolution (and that was inclusive of food).

there are things that we re-named slave food and refused to touch ever again because of the significance of them...if the I's follow what this sis is trying to say....sometimes this sis trips over tongue so to speak. ingesting of pork. experiment: take a raw piece of pork, and put it in a shallow pan...pour coke or denatured alcohol over the pork....wait 5 minutes a pour a bit more over the pork....begin to watch the piece of pork....small likkle worms will start to surface on the meat.

chittlings, mawls, pigs feet, pig tails, pig ears, chicken feet, any kind of neckbone, tripe, pig stomach, pig snout, animal balls, any kinds of animal tails, etc.....all these things the "massa" chucked out the back door to the slaves and they had to figure out somehow to cook these leavings of the white man in order to feed thier we called those foods....slave foods and refused to eat them and encouraged others to do the same.

salt, fatback, or any salt cured meats.....we reasoned that ones ancestors were captured and enslaved in, and then taken from Afrika....across the sea.....and the sea is full of what.....salt....and many ancestors were either thrown overboard after dying on the ship, or they jumped to thier death rather than be salt, to us, in that time, was significant enuff to us to make the decision not to ingest it anymore.

just an old school vibe really...but pertinent in this time as well.

sometimes, not often, i use sea salt...but that is rare...i mostly use it to draw out the liquid from eggplant to that it will fry up crispy and light.....just a bit though....and i sometimes sprinkle a bit on cucumbers or tomatoes if they are raw. but for YEARS AND YEARS i did not eat it all.

oregano does give food a bit of a salty taste....or nori flakes as a salt substitution is good.


Messenger: Ten Sent: 9/10/2007 1:40:55 PM

Give thanks for sharing your life experience Aya, it was inspiring and a blessing to read. Blessed Love.

Messenger: Ark I Sent: 10/24/2007 10:41:43 PM

Greetings Ten,

I meant to make this message a while ago when you made your post, but I forgot and I just remembered tonight because I had some soya sauce on some vegetarian sushi I made. You said:

But if you really want no salt at all I've found lemons work well and soya sauce as a replacement - plus with all the other herbs n spices you won't really miss salt.

Don't let soya sauce fool you, the only reason soya sauce is salty is because one of the ingredients is salt, and it is just the same salt that people commonly use. There may be some special ones from health stores that use sea salt, but most of them are not sea salt.

I personally use salt, I don't use too much and the salt I use in the home is sea salt.

Ark I
Haile Selassie I

Messenger: Ten Sent: 10/25/2007 5:37:25 PM

Blessed Love Ark I
I always thought soya sauce compostition was that it had its own salt so I never read the label and now I did, its true it has salt. Lol! What abt salt from salt mines and salt lakes in landlocked countries - is that salt irie to use or is it still the same meditation that its "slave food" as Sis IriJah put it?
One Love

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