Here Are Some Sodium Facts Because Chances Are That You Consume Too Much Salt

Over consuming sodium can have bad and good effects on your health. This is why knowing some of the sodium facts might help you make better food choices, might help you choose low salt foods.

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Facts About Sodium You Should Know

  • Essential for life
  • Sodium chloride is the chemical name for common salt
  • Salt is not expensive. It is widely used in food industry
  • It gives taste to foods and increase their storage time
  • Avoid common salt found in processed foods, canned foods because it accounts for the majority of sodium in your diet and most of the time you consomme too much
  • Too much sodium can cause problems such as high blood pressure and water retention
  • Excess of sodium will also cause the loss of calcium which can contribute to osteoporosis

  • Daily need for adult is around 1500 mg/day. Don't consume more than 2300 mg/day
  • The only way to reduce your intake of salt is to cook as much as possible and eat fresh food
  • Sodium deficiency is rare. It happens when there is excessive sweating, vomiting or diarrhea
  • The amount of salt is listed as "sodium" on the nutrition facts label
  • Sodium chloride is found in the extracellular fluids, bones and cells

Sodium Benefits

  • Regulates the water content of the body
  • Participates in control of blood ph
  • Sodium is involved in muscles contraction (including your heart)
  • Helps with leg cramps, dehydration

The facts about sodium speak for themselves. Too much salt is not good for your health but you still need a little. If you eat plenty of fresh foods, consume low salt foods you should meet these 2 criteria.

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