A war veteran who ate salt with porridge, biscuits and apples died because he developed a taste for the condiment while serving in World War II, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has ruled.
Clement Hutton died from a stroke in July 2012 after a long history of hypertension, a condition linked to high salt intake.
Shirley Hutton, from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, claimed her husband developed a salt-eating habit after he took salt supplements while serving in the war.
In a decision handed down last month, the tribunal ruled the veteran's death was "war-caused" and referred the matter to the Repatriation Commission so his wife could be entitled to a war widow's pension.
Mr Hutton served in the army from 1942 to 1946 in hot conditions in New Guinea and Bougainville where dehydration was a problem.
Counsel for Mrs Hutton Andrew McLean-Williams said Mr Hutton had taken salt supplements on the advice of army doctors to help combat dehydration.
When Mr Hutton left the army and started work as a cane cutter he continued to heed the advice of doctors by eating high amounts of salt.
The tribunal was told Mr Hutton put salt on almost every dish.
His favourite snack was a Sao biscuit with slices of cheese and tomato "caked in salt" and he even added salt to apples, porridge and rice.
One of Mr Hutton's daughters had confronted her father about his high salt intake but he argued the salt was essential while working in a hot climate.
"He believed it was good for him," Mr McLean-Williams said.
Senior tribunal member Bernard McCabe said evidence suggested Mr Hutton's taste for salt was "not a product of his own mother's cooking" and he did not eat excessive amounts of salt before the war.
Mr McLean-Williams said there had been similar cases where deaths had been linked to salt supplements taken during the war.