According to a new study, salty foods are more likely to provoke hunger rather than thirst. Going against the popular belief, this research found that salt will actually reduce thirst but instead make one feel hungry.
Salt Will Reportedly Make You More Hungry, Not Thirstier
A study paper on the matter was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The research involved ten healthy male adults, which went through two different space flight simulation studies. One of them lasted for 105 days, and the other for 205. Each man was given one of these three sodium intake levels, either 6, 9, or 12 grams a day.
Nonetheless, other nutrients were still maintained in their diet. The research team noted that a higher salt intake actually decreased the water consumption habits. At the same time, the higher the sodium consumption, the bigger the hunger.
“Our findings suggest that there is much more to know – a high salt intake may predispose to metabolic syndrome”.
This is all according to Jens Titze, a study co-author and M.D. As media reports have pointed out, this response to salty foods could lead to various health issues. For example, it may potentially increase the risks of obesity, cardiovascular disease, or even diabetes. This latter could be a result of the relation between a high salt intake and the soft-drink consumption.
The CDC or the Centers for Disease Control released a sodium intake recommendation. According to it, a healthy adult should not consume more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day. However, reports show that many people actually consume well over the recommended quantity as they reach even 3,400 mg a day.
CDC stated that most of the sodium intake comes from restaurant meals and processed foods. An increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables and home cooked meals into the normal diet can reportedly help reduce the various health issues related to sodium. This can include high blood pressure and various other problems.
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