Modification of salt taste

Ann Intern Med. 1983 May;98(5 Pt 2):763-9. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-763.


Salt appetite and sodium intake in humans are controlled in part by taste. A distinction can be drawn between salt appetite that occurs when the organism is sodium deficient (in need) and when the organism has sufficient sodium stores (non-need) but continues to ingest salt. Although the latter case is most relevant to human sodium consumption, little is known about its physiologic, developmental, and experiential bases. Recent studies show that changes in dietary sodium consumption are followed by taste changes. Moderate decreases in dietary sodium of 2 months or more are followed by a decrease in the concentration of salt in food judged most pleasant.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diet*
  • Diet, Sodium-Restricted
  • Food Preferences*
  • Humans
  • Rats
  • Sheep
  • Sodium Chloride*
  • Sodium*
  • Taste Threshold*
  • Taste*


  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium