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Ask Marilyn: Why Does Everything Taste Better With Salt?
Macon Craven of Powhatan County, Virginia, writes:
Marilyn: Why does everything taste better with salt?
We have at least four tastes: bitter, sweet, sour, and salty. (Savory—the basis of monosodium glutamate—may be a fifth.) Only one refers to an essential dietary nutrient: salt. Without this mineral, humans cannot live. So it’s likely we’re hardwired to love it. Salt is so crucial that when people go on low-sodium diets, their intestines work harder to absorb sodium and their kidneys try to eliminate less. People who also take diuretics, which lower sodium levels, need to be monitored: If their blood sodium falls too low, seizures or a coma can result. Even people as healthy and fit as marathoners can get into this kind of trouble when they sweat profusely and drink only plain water to replace fluids during a race.
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