In the light of the recent tragic events in Japan and the ongoing uncertainty about the possible spread of radiation, many Shanghai residents have been swept up in the rumour that they need to stock-pile and consume large quantities of salt as a deterrent against radiation sickness (and also in case the sea-water along the Chinese coast becomes contaminated and affects the future salt supply).
I think the frenzy has subsided a little over the last few days, but just in case there is actually any truth to the rumours, we are going to keep buying large quantities of our favourite comfort/snack food: Lay’s Original (Salt) flavoured Crisps. Consuming 4 kg of raw salt vs 400 kg of crisps (PS. I haven’t actually done the maths!) – decisions, decisions – it’s a no-brainer: I’m heading for the snack-food aisle.