Why Do I Crave Salt So Much?

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Excessive salt consumption has been linked to diabetes, kidney disorders, high blood pressure and heart disease, according to Serena Poon, a celebrity chef and nutritionist based in Los Angeles. Therefore, you want to be mindful of how much you are eating. If you feel like you may be consuming too much salt, you may want to attempt to reduce how much sodium you ingest.

Our excessive salt consumption often is just a habit, Poon said. “Many times, the craving for salt stems from a behavioral foundation,” she said. “We crave salt just out of habit or conditioning.”

If you are yearning for salty foods, she recommended first opting for whole foods that are higher in a natural sodium content, such as celery, leafy greens, carrots or seaweed.

You can also use herbs and spices instead of salt, said Kimberly Gomer, director of nutrition with Pritikin Longevity Center, a health and wellness spa in Miami. “At the beginning it can be tough, but your palate will adjust,” she said.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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