A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 15, 1982

Salt, unlike most seasonings, is more noticeable by its absence than its presence. For this week's cover story TIME has virtually upended the saltcellar in order to leave nothing absent from its report on the less than salubrious effects of salt. Yet, despite the warnings linking consumption of salt and hypertension, a number of TIME staff members who worked on the cover story find that well-intentioned dictates of the mind do not always govern the whims of the palate.

S. Chang, a Tokyo correspondent, takes the strictures against salt with the proverbial grain. Salt,...

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