A man is not a camel, or is he?

High levels of salt may aid weight loss, according to two controversial new studies that contradict conventional wisdom about salt’s effects on the body.

Until now, it has been assumed that a high-salt diet encourages a greater intake of fluids, which increases weight. But the latest evidence suggests this is not the case.

In a total turnaround, researchers now say salt intake may increase energy expenditure.

The findings, by US scientist Dr Jens Titze, a kidney specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, have stunned his contemporaries.

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