Do High Salt Diets Cause Weight Gain?

Salt is a condiment that has been demonized since the early 1900s. High salt diets are often linked to health conditions like high blood pressure and stroke, and occasionally, some of my nutrition clients believe their weight gain may be due to the high salt meal they had for dinner the night before. But would salt, as part of an otherwise healthy diet, truly cause you to gain body fat? This article explores the link between salt and weight gain.

People with high salt diets often weigh more: Research suggests that people who eat a salt-rich diet often weigh more. They also have a higher body mass index (BMI), larger waist circumference, and higher waist-to-height ratio than those who eat less salt.

It’s easy to assume, then, that a salt-rich diet promotes weight gain. Yet, there may be a few alternative explanations for these correlations.

Excerpted from Healthline

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