2017

April 17, 2017

Mission Control for the body’s salt and water supplies

New studies show that salty food diminishes thirst while increasing hunger, due to a higher need for energy

We’ve all heard it: eating salty foods makes you thirstier. But what sounds like good nutritional advice turns out to be an old-wives’ tale. In a study carried out during a simulated mission to Mars, an international group of scientists has found exactly the opposite to be true. “Cosmonauts” who ate more salt retained more water, weren’t as thirsty, and needed more energy.