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Salt? Sodium? | What’s the difference?

Salt? Sodium? | What’s the difference?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Are salt and sodium the same thing? Not quite. What you find in your saltshaker is sodium chloride, a chemical compound made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride. And while we generally think of the salt shaker as the only source of sodium, sodium also exists in most whole foods, from cantaloupe to eggs. It also hides out in a lot of unlikely places, like sandwich bread, milk, and even medication.

According to the latest dietary guidelines, it is recommended that the majority of Americans should consume less than 1,500mg of sodium a day. Or a little over 1/2 teaspoon of table salt. Yup. And let’s just say, most people (nine out of ten Americans according to the American Heart Association) eat at least double than that. Sometimes by lunch.

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