We’ve all seen the meme of Nusret Gökçe aka "Salt Bae" sprinkling salt on his dishes, and while it’s hilarious in all its internet glory, at the same time it represents something true about American’s taste in food.
We love salt.
But why? What is it about that little ting of bitterness that drives us to consume billions of salty snacks each year?
There are a variety of factors possibly at play, and most are speculation since scientists haven’t uncovered any real links to the craving.
When these cravings do arise, many people turn to snacks like unhealthy, greasy potato chips.
But there are healthier options to turn to in favor of potato chips if you’re craving something salty.
We’ve listed 7 snacks that will not only satisfy your craving for a salty treat but also address what your body is really craving.
Whole soybeans are referred to as edamame, and when seasoned and roasted into a crunchy treat they’re delicious.
Edamame contains lots of protein and fiber, however, they should be eaten in moderation due to how much soy they contain.
Monosaturated fats, which make up about 80% of the fat in peanuts, do wonders for the heart.
Considering that many peanuts are sold salted or covered in seasoning, so not only are you satisfying your craving but also giving your body tons of energy.
Popcorn has been the choice of moviegoers for years, and maybe stress has been the reason why.
That’s right, some studies have suggested that we crave sweet and salty foods when we’re stressed, and nothing's more stressful than watching your favorite character walking slowly, into the creepy, haunted basement!
Speaking of horror, the excess grease that sits at the bottom of the popcorn bag is just a small glimpse into what you’re putting into your body.
Packaged popcorn like ips Perfect Pop contains half the fat of regular popcorn, they also don’t contain any of those scary trans-fats.
One reason scientists have tied to the craving for salty foods is that we’re just hungry, simple as that.
When the body has had little to no food, it will naturally begin to crave food and for many o,f us the first thing we think of is junk food.
Turkey jerky is made with salt – but better for you than traditional beef jerky snacks.
And the protein content makes it great for people wanting to refuel after a workout.
Check out this turkey jerky buyers guide from Dr. Oz.
Avocados are filled with oleic acid, which have been shown to have positive effects on the heart and may even help prevent against cancer.
Combine guacamole with its natural sidekick, corn tortillas, and you have yourself a snack that will leave you feeling full and energized.
Seaweed is full of essential Vitamins, potassium, iodine, and magnesium.
Sushi and seafood fans alike swear by its subtle saltiness, almost like a small taste of the ocean.
It is true that too much sodium is not good for your health, but when you’re craving something salty, you can just opt for a healthy food rich in sodium.
Guava is one of the few fruits rich in sodium, and the manganese inside it helps your body get the sodium it needs from the rest of your meals throughout the day.
As with anything in life, moderation is key.
Taking small steps to get the salt your body needs from the right sources will do wonders for your body in the long run.
Remaining hydrated, getting enough sleep, and eating the right foods can help you kick your unnecessary greasy junk food habit.