Posted by: Robyn | 2009-09-21

Salt vs. Sodium

I recently read that sodium can be good or bad. When reading the labels on food how do you tell if it just says sodium?
Can you recommend some further reading on which types of sodium are bad?

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Dear Robyn
All types of sodium when ingested in excessive quantities are bad. Sodium is a mineral and it occurs in foods in forms like sodium chloride (or table salt), or sodium bicarbonate (baking powder). Food labels usually list sodium or sodium chloride or table salt or sodium bicarbonate or monosodium glutamate. So when you see sodium anywhere on the label then you know the food contains some sodium. If the label has a table with the nutrition content then it will also indicate how much sodium there is in a 100g and a serving of that food. In total we should preferably not exceed a sodium intake of 2000 mg or 2 gram per day. Some medications and even toothpaste can also contain sodium.
Best regards

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