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Sweet or Salty: What Your Food Preferences Say about You


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If you crave salt, you may simply have a sodium deficiency.
If you crave salt, you may simply have a sodium deficiency.
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Even ants seem to know that salt is essential for life. In one study, ants in environments where salt is less abundant preferred it to sugar when given the choice.

As for people, salt is well-known for improving other tastes and masking bitterness. Because they're more sensitive to all tastes, including bad ones, supertasters may also be salt cravers.

Then again, salt lovers, you may be making up for lost time -- or sodium. Some studies suggest that premature infants who had low sodium levels at birth grow up to be salt-seeking adults.


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