Saltpeter has always been man’s friend
<img src="http://image.baidu.com/search/http:%5C/%5C/wxpic.7399.com%5C/nqvaoztoy6glxjuvykfwmzlkxajhpc-bna-sokcfyp%5C/lvjsecs4ihbxngeowcgloepkazbacdu59mfz2ymofnm3uj1jisnqgfisl1lpox04goinwbih6wn6wpnorko4ylq3myz7qpp5qaun2ae6o8zomhqz9zz5j4q62slp-scj6fnq.jpg" alt="《car and driver》» style=»max-width:440px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;»>The truth is rather more boring. Like many other chemical substances, if you were unfortunate enough to eat too much of it, it would make you sick. As a side effect of this sickness, men would tend to lose interest in sex. But the idea that a pinch or two of potassium nitrate added into food by willing accomplices among the kitchen staff would induce impotence is pure fiction. In fact, it’s the literal opposite that’s true.
For centuries, saltpeter has been added to food because it’s a preservative. Before the invention of the refrigerator, kitchens routinely salted meat to keep it edible during the long winter months. Today, the traditional cans of corned beef still contain saltpeter — it has always been man’s friend when used in moderation. Saltpeter first emerged in China about 2,000 years ago. Early experiments saw Chinese chemists getting the best and the worst results, depending on your point of view. The compost heaps containing decomposing organic matter were covered and spiked with dung and urine. When the resulting «mess» was filtered and wood ash added, this was wonderful fertilizer and the basis of fireworks for celebrations. Later, of course, it made explosives for war.
Modern science is a wonderful thing (when it works). It has built bigger and better fireworks and developed viagra as a sure-fire cure for erectile dysfunction. With the spread of refrigerators and the use of radiation to extend the shelf-life of food, there is less need for saltpeter. Indeed, because of the threat of urban terrorism, people who buy large quantities of fertilizer are monitored carefully (and that’s no myth). But, of course, when there are not enough explosions in the bedroom, viagra is the first response for the men affected. The performance of this drug is no myth. In every clinical trial and with now more than a decade of practical experience in the real world, viagra has consistently proved itself able to produce erections hard enough for penetration. So even if modern men were to eat saltpeter in their food (no matter who put it there or why), there would always be a remedy to keep men’s libido on high.