History

Living without salt – an anthropologist’s account

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, an American anthropologist of Islandic descent, left an interesting account regarding his life among the Inuit people. One of the chief difficulties in adapting to their dietary practices was the complete lack of salt. At one point the reasercher was so desperate that he attempted to make his own salt out of sea water (it came out rather bitter).Stefansson’s example provides solid evidence for the fact that high salt consumption is very much a learned trait and can be easily overcome.