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Does Eating Salt Make You Thirsty? New Study Says No Does Eating Salt Make You Thirsty? New Study Says No

Does Eating Salt Make You Thirsty? New Study Says No

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For years, people have eaten salty food with a cool beverage nearby, operating under the assumption that eating salt makes us thirsty. But a new study challenges that idea, revealing instead that eating salt makes us want to eat, not drink.

The findings explain why people tend to compulsively eat items like chips and popcorn. One bite of a salty food creates a craving for more of that food, the research discovered. The scientists believe that salt consumption triggers the kidneys to retain water while producing urea. This process takes energy, which leads to an increase in hunger instead of thirst.

For the test, the team split participants into two groups. Both groups were confined to an environment like what astronauts on their way to Mars would experience. Both groups had identical diets, except for their salt levels.

According to the records kept during the study, those consuming more salt drank less water as they increased their salt intake. They did urinate more, however, but the team noted that their urine was more heavily concentrated, indicating that they were retaining water. The results provide interesting insights into the effects that salt intake have on a person’s diet.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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