Little White Spoonfuls of Happiness
According to researchers salt puts people in a better mood...The study by scientists at the University of Iowa found that going without salt could even make people depressed....
Professor Kim Johnson, who carried out the tests on rats, found that when the animals were deprived of salt they lost pleasure in things they normally enjoyed, such as having a sugary drink.
Prof Johnson said: "Things that normally would be pleasurable for rats didn't elicit the same degree of relish, which leads us to believe that a salt deficit and the craving associated with it can induce one of the key symptoms associated with depression."
Happiness inducing is a feature; think of someone sprinkling salt on their chips, they will be smiling; think of a whey face health food fanatic spurning the salt, do they smile?
Let's be reminded of the truth behind the Salt Scare:
...the best science for nearly half a century — including the government’s own findings on examinations reflecting 99 million Americans; more than 17,000 studies published since 1966; and even a recent Cochrane systematic review of the clinical trial evidence — fails to support the hypotheses that salt reductions offer health benefits for the general public. Cochrane’s reviewers specifically concluded that such interventions are inappropriate for population prevention programs.
It’s not just that the salt reductions being proposed will be costly programs that won’t be of much help to people, but that they could hurt people.
So salt is cheap, harmless, makes us eat more vegetables and makes us happy - what's not to like?
"This suggests that salt need and cravings may be linked to the same brain pathways as those related to drug addiction and abuse," Prof Johnson said.
Uh-oh I can feel some more expensive research and treatment programs coming on....