Strange but true


The risk of having salt on the table
The average British adult consumes around 8g of salt a day, rather more than the NHS’s recommended maximum intake of 6g. Most of that comes from foods high in salt, such as cheese and bacon – but as much as a fifth comes from adding salt to food that is already on the plate. Now a major study has revealed a link between adding salt at the table and premature death. The study involved more than half a million adults enrolled in the UK Biobank project, who were followed for an average of nine years. When the researchers had controlled for factors such as ethnicity and BMI, they found that those who always added salt to their meals were 28% more likely to die before turning 75 than those who never or rarely added salt. By the time they were 50, those who always seasoned their food had a reduced life expectancy, of 1.5 fewer years for women and 2.28 for men. People who always added salt but ate more fruit and vegetables had a lower risk of premature death than the salt lovers who did not, but the difference was not significant. “Even a modest reduction in sodium intake, by adding less or no salt to food at the table, is likely to result in substantial health benefits,” concluded the study’s lead researcher, Prof Lu Qi.
Police chief fined
Caroline Henry, the Conservative police and crime commissioner for Nottingham, was fined £2,450 and banned from driving for six months after being caught speeding five times in 12 weeks last year. Two of her offences were on consecutive days.
Age and emojis
Office workers have been warned that the meaning attributed to emojis differs widely according to age. Older people, for instance, use the winking face to mean “I’m kidding,” whereas young people see it as flirty. The smiling face is used by older people to suggest joy or approval, the young use it to convey deep exasperation.
Unusual exercise regimen
A personal trainer from Indiana has said that running on all fours like a dog every day for almost an entire year has made him “crazy ripped.” Nathaniel Nolan does “a minimum of about 30 to 45 minutes a day” on all fours, and says that pedestrians rarely stop him to ask what he is doing. “Pretty much never,” says Nolan. “A lot of people underestimate how little people care about what’s going on around them.”
Bons mots
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” – Iris Murdoch, Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher, (1919-1999)

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