How Much Sodium Is Ideal in a Diet?

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Sodium occurs naturally in the diet, as sodium is found in many fruits, vegetables and animal products, but somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams of sodium is recommended. Avoid adding too much salt to the diet with health information from a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist in this free video on healthy eating.

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Hi, this is Rachael Richardson with Nutrolution Incorporated in South Beach, Florida. In this clip we're talking about how much sodium is ideal in the diet. And something that I learned as a nutritionist in school that I wouldn't have known otherwise, is that there's actually naturally occurring sodium in food like tomatoes, and believe it or not, in foods like eggs, and all of your plant and animal foods actually contain sodium. So, you know the reason is because sodium is found in the ground where vegetables grow, and fruits grow. It's also in all of our tissue, including our tissue and any animal tissue that we consume. So, from beef and pork, even if it's not cured, it's still got sodium in it. So, the reality is that we should be able to get the majority of our sodium naturally through the foods that we eat, and we shouldn't need to add too much salt to our diet. If you were to look at numbers of how much sodium we would want ideally in our diet, it's some where between two thousand milligrams and four thousand milligrams, or two to four grams would be kind of a general idea of how much sodium would be ideal in your diet. This is Rachel with Nutrolution in Miami Beach, Florida.

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