There’s an intriguing phrase I’ve heard in Vietnam on more than one occasion, "Foreigners shit gold". For those of us who’ve tried – and I know I have – but have never managed to conjure up so much as a single carat, the phrase is belittling. However, help is now at hand or was until a few weeks back…
A restaurant in Hanoi has been ordered to temporarily close, reports the Vietnam News, for lacing its grub with gold. The advertising spiel stated that, "food laced with gold would be good for people’s health" Huh… what the… ?? The Health Ministry’s Food Safety Department disagreed:
Gold is not on the Viet Nam Food Standardisation Commission’s list of nutrients and micro-nutrients needed to enrich the body, nor is it on the list of food spices under the standards issued by the commission and the Health Ministry.
According to restaurant owner Nguyen Phuong Anh, the practice of adding gold to food has been pursued for some time in other countries, including Japan, South Korea and China.
Ahhhh, the aphrodisiacally inclined nations… Is this another one of those ‘I’ve got a bigger knob than you things’? A la snake penis whisky, bear bile, raw rabbit foetus etc.?? At least Phuong Anh puts his customer’s health first,
"The human body can absorb a volume of 3mg of gold a day. We always advise customers to ingest only a moderate volume of gold."
Very sensible. However, just out of interest, is that true? Are you a metallurgist/biologist/blog reader? Can the human body absorb gold as in digest it as opposed to collecting it in a crevice somewhere for the sole purpose of screwing with the minds of the world’s radiographers?