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How does a low salt diet affect sense of taste?

Joel H. Fuhrman, MD
Family Medicine
When you get rid of the salt habit, your food may taste bland for a few weeks, but you will find that your taste buds, which were deadened by the overuse of salt, gradually regain their sensitivity. You will discover tastes that you never knew existed in natural foods. Even a simple pear or a leaf of lettuce tastes better. Foods that you previously enjoyed will taste too salty.

When you eat a diet low in salt, eventually your sensitivity to salt and other tastes gets stronger. As you eventually get accustomed to a diet that stimulates your salt-receptive taste buds less, you can enjoy more flavors in natural foods. This stronger taste ability isn't just limited to the taste sensation of salt. You also will see the phenomenon at work when eating a simple strawberry or slice of red pepper. Amazingly, your taste buds become stronger when you are off salt and sugar.
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