Many people consume too much salt, but new research may have uncovered one reason people crave it — it might lead to a better mood.
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Researchers found that when
rats are deficient in sodium chloride (common table salt), they shy away from activities they normally enjoy. A loss of pleasure in normally pleasing actitvities is one of the most important features of psychological depression.
If salt is a natural mood-elevating substance, it could help explain why so many are tempted to over-ingest it, even though it’s known to contribute to high
blood pressure, heart disease and other health problems.
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