Why do I crave salt?!?!?
I've been on a pretty strict diet. I don't eat that much, but its mostly fruit, veggies, and soup.
But I crave salt so much. I opened a bag of Baked Tostitoes and the salt was like...calling to me. All I wanted was the salt. Anyone know why?
- kelleyLv 43 years agoFavorite Answer
There are several different reasons why you may be craving salt. The
first one is that over the years your body and your taste buds have
been accustomed to a lot of salt. If you are trying to cut back on
salt because of health reasons, your body will crave it, simply
because it is used to lots of salt.
Craving salty foods can also be a symptom of adrenal exhaustion,
especially in people who live fast-paced, stressful lives.
You could also be craving salt because your body needs the additional
minerals found in natural salt. These minerals have been filtered out
of our regular table salt. In this case eating salty food will only
satisfy your craving temporarily until your body realizes it is still
missing the extra minerals.
Your body needs approximately 500 mg of salt a day. If you are an
athlete or work hard physically, and sweat a lot, you will need more.
The FDA's recommended daily salt intake is 2,500 mg a day for the
average adult. Most North Americans' daily salt intake is over 5,000
mg. This is the processed, white, refined sodium chloride, which is
toxic to our bodies.
Salt cravings have also been linked to serious health conditions such
as diabetes, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia. If you find
yourself craving a lot of salt all of a sudden, it may be a good idea
to schedule a physical. Be sure to mention your salt cravings to your
physician, so he or she can administer appropriate tests for the
conditions mentioned above.
If you are craving salt as a result of being accustomed to consuming
a lot of salt with your foods or enjoying lots of salty foods like
potato chips, salted nuts etc., then slowly cut back on your salt
intake and replace it with herbs and spices to give you lots of flavor
without the salt. An excellent way to get the salt taste you crave as
well as 84 necessary minerals is to use Himalayan Salt Crystals.
If stress and adrenal exhaustion are causing your salt cravings, try
eating food that are high in Vitamin C and Potassium.
Foods High In Vitamin C – Citrus, Pepper, Broccoli.
Foods High In Potassium – Apricots, Bran Wheat, Raisins, Figs, and
Baked Potato With Skin.
If you are craving salt, or just consuming a lot of salt each day,
start cutting back on your salt intake. Opt for low sodium versions of
foods and condiments. Start paying attention to the amount of salt in
certain food. Take a look at a bread label. You’ll be surprised how
much salt is in a single slice of bread.
Replace some processed foods with fresh fruits and vegetables and
season your dishes with herbs and spices. Stick with it and after a
while you won’t miss the salt and will be feeling better.
- mokrieLv 73 years ago
It's an unhealthy addiction same as if you craved fat or starch.