It has been revealed by a recent study that people who like more salty food are "supertaster", i.e. a person who comes across the saltiness and bitterness more intensely than others.
The study was led by John Hayes, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of food science at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences in University Park.
Hayes said that it is an accepted fact that everybody does not live in “the same taste world” and that two extreme categories of tasters exist: one is supertasters and the other is non-tasters, rest lay between them.
Explaining further, Hayes added that supertasters are the people who have everything around them bright, vibrant and intense as they live in “neon taste world”, while the non-tasters are “pastel”.
Earlier in a research, it was concluded that supertasters require less fat and sugar to satisfy their taste buds. With this research, Hayes and his team believed that the same can be true for salt.
Following their suspicion, the team taste-tested many off-the-shelf foods with 87 participants. One third of these people were supertasters and the remaining were either non-tasters or “medium” tasters.
Food with different salt levels was given to the participants and it was concluded that supertasters liked more salt despite being sensitive to it as salt blocks the bitterness.
The findings were published in the journal Physiology & Behavior. They now raise questions over the efforts for cutting the salt intake that are being advertised by many health experts.