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Old 05-03-17, 11:08 AM
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How salty do you like your food...?

I just read this article and found it pretty interesting. I've always liked my food pretty salty, and this article confirms my suspicion about why. I bet there are several people in here that will relate.

I came across an interesting article recently titled Exercise Increases Salt Preference in Humans. The headline caught my eye because when I was training heavily for IRONMAN I always used to absolutely love putting loads of salt on my food.

The study showed that people who’d engaged in sweaty exercise tended to (subconsciously) prefer eating saltier soup than a non-exercising control group in the hours after their workout. The control group’s salt preference was much lower and more consistent.

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Old 05-03-17, 11:26 AM
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I don't like salt & don't put it on my food. Ppl get more than enough sodium intake that they don't need a salt shaker. I'll take the low sodium soup with my 7 hrs of weekly weight lifting & cardio.
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My wife and I struggle to get our daily 3/4 teaspoon of salt each. We usually don't salt our food after it's prepared, rather we try to include the 1/4 t. each in the meal prep. When we go out to eat, we usually gain at least 1 lb. each just from the high salt content in restaurant food. That lb. is gone the next day. Maybe because we eat a low salt diet and take electrolytes on hot rides, we don't crave salt after the ride, though we notice that many people do, really hitting the chips and such snacks.
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I mostly eat meals that I prepare myself from scratch using whatever ingredients look good from the farmer's mkt or grocery. Proper seasoning is as important as any cooking technique in producing a tasty healthy meal. Under salted food tastes bland and uninteresting, over salted food is inedible. Same goes for herbs and peppers.

Sea salt is in a grinder on the table w/ the pepper & condiments for a final adjust on the plate. I don't sweat (sorry) about my sodium intake since I know what I'm eating seasoned to taste.

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Beth is an excellent cook and I'm not, so she does what seems like magic and makes us a lot of restaurant quality meals. When they're ready, she always yells at me, "I've already salted that!"

I've always preferred saltier food than most people. I've also always rode a lot.

I've made the same observation as @Carbonfiberboy, if I drink electrolyte replacement stuff on the bike, I wind up wanting less salt later in the day. If I don't drink any kind of electrolyte stuff, I wind up drinking a lot more water and peeing more. My go to are Nuun tablets, especially in lime flavors. These are about 5 kCal per drink, a Gatorade is 200 kCal.

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Thank you for that article. It is helpful.
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