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Complimentary Snacks, are those really free ?

Why do you think most bars are happy to offer you complimentary snacks like peanuts, popcorn, pretzels and chips? Because they are generous? No. These high-in-sodium snacks set in front of you are just another way to make you feel thirsty. When you consume salt, your cells dispatch a signal to your brain’s ‘thirst centre’, which in turn, sends you a message to sip more liquid. This scientific tidbit is definitely lucrative for bar owners, who profit from sodium’s dehydrating effects. If you wish to keep a self-conscious drink tab, order a glass of water with your drink to keep yourself hydrated.

from TOI, July 7, 2013

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