Here's something potato chip addicts around the world might already suspect: Our bodies may equate salty tastes with more smiles.
The research is new and early, but a lab study on sodium deficiency suggests that being salt-deprived links up with feelings of depression. And although most people aren't salt deficient, salt cravings could be your body reacting to this feel-better hardwiring.
Sad Without Salt? > Taking a pass on pleasurable activities is a classic symptom of depression in humans. So when researchers noticed that sodium-deficient mice tended to shy away from activities they normally enjoy -- like sipping a sugar-water concoction -- a lightbulb went on. Salt cravings could very much be the body trying to hit the happiness reboot button. Even though most of us get plenty of salt in our modern diets, that hardwiring may still remain. Not feeling all that happy? This quick quiz can help you get a handle on it.