Some Folks Have a Sweet-Tooth. Others, a Salt-Tooth

salt tooth correlated with high blood pressure

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, has found a correlation between high blood pressure and an affinity for salty food. Scientists observed 4 small groups of subjects who were offered french bread at 3 levels of saltiness. The people who preferred the saltier breads were those with high blood pressure.

Over one billion people suffer from high blood pressure worldwide. It is often called “the silent killer” because there are no visible symptoms for many years. High blood pressure leads to stroke, heart attacks, and kidney disease.

People who reduce their sodium intake usually see their blood pressure drop. But in a modern world dominated by fast food and prepared meals, it is very hard for people to adhere to the upper limit of 2300 milligrams of sodium per day. In fact, we consume 3500 mg a day on average.

If you want to reduce your sodium intake – check out these 9 simple suggestions to reduce your salt-tooth.

  • vroomvsr

    That is a small sample group.

  • Edwards

    This “article” is also poorly written. Unprofessional, and no explanation on how to count salt intake? They could have also added the health benefits of Himalayan sea salt.

  • Libby

    I will specifically buy a snack for the saltiness. I usually do good at avoiding high sodium meals but then get a craving. Does anyone know of foods that naturally taste salty but are actually not?

  • Aria Gonzalez

    My question would be how much salt they were getting before they were offered the bread. I’m Primal/Paleo so I tend to have minimal added salt in my diet. Sometimes, I really, REALLY want olives. Like, desperately. After a few of them the craving dies. Salt cravings at work?

  • Finesurveyor

    I’ve found that Lime juice curbs my desire for salt.