Sodium - Sources and Functions
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Sodium

Sodium function:

• The body needs a small amount of sodium to help maintain normal blood pressure and normal function of muscles and nerves.

Sodium sources:

• Sodium is found in table salt, baking soda, monosodium glutamate (MSG), various seasonings, additives, condiments, meat, fish, poultry, dairy foods, eggs, smoked meats, olives, and pickled foods.

Sodium intake is recommended to be less than 3,000 milligrams daily. One teaspoon of table salt contains about 2,000 milligrams of sodium. The difference between "sodium" and "salt" can be confusing. Sodium is a mineral found in various foods including table salt. Table salt is 40% sodium (sodium chloride). People with high blood pressure (hypertension) may be instructed by their doctor or dietitian to reduce sodium intake. High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. High sodium intake can contribute to water retention.

List All Nutrient Information

Calories Potassium Folate (Folic Acid)
Total Fat Vitamin A Vitamin B12
Saturated Fat Vitamin D Calcium
Polyunsaturated Fat Vitamin E Iron
Monounsaturated Fat Vitamin K Phosphorus
Cholesterol Vitamin C Magnesium
Carbohydrate Thiamin (B1) Zinc
Fiber Riboflavin (B2) Pantothenic Acid
Protein Niacin Copper
Sodium Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Manganese

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