Posted by: Amy | 2009/03/30


I was just wondering how bad sodium is for you? Does it just make you retain water or can it prevent weight loss? How much is is something that is too high in sodium per 100 grams?

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Dear Amy
Western diets tend to contain far too much sodium (which is found in table salt, MSG, flavourants, spices, baking powder and even toothpaste and medications). Excessive salt intake can cause kidney damage and lead to high blood pressure in individuals who are 'salt sensitive'. The recommended intake should not exceed 3000 mg per day which sounds high, but is easily reached because most processed foods contain high levels of sodium. Excessive sodium intake coupled with a low potassium intake can cause water retention which will make you weigh more even if you have lost fat. It has been suggested that foods should not contain more than 120 mg of sodium per 100g to qualify as a low-sodium food.
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