What is sodium and why do we need it?
Sodium is one of the important elements which the body needs to function properly,the body uses sodium to control blood pressure and blood volume, It also needs sodium for our muscles and nerves to work correctly. Research shows that consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease, fluid retention,cirrhosis of the liver, therefore extreme care must be taken when adding sodium to your diet! In this post we will be covering Vegetables high in sodium.
Vegetables High In Sodium
|1||100 g||Chard||213 mg|
|2||100 g||Artichoke||94 mg|
|3||100 g||Celery||80 mg|
|4||100 g||Spinach||79 mg|
|5||100 g||Beetroot||78 mg|
|6||100 g||Beet greens||78 mg|
|7||1pc||Sweet potato||71.5 mg|
|8||100 g||Carrots||69 mg|
|9||100 g||Turnip||67 mg|
|10||100 g||Turnip greens||67 mg|
|11||100 g||Parsley||56 mg|
|12||100 g||Glebionis coronara||53 mg|
|13||100 g||Fennel||52 mg|
|14||100 g||Coriander||46 mg|
|15||100 g||Chicory||45 mg|
|16||100 g||Water cress||41 mg|
|17||100 g||Radishes||39 mg|
|18||100 g||Kale||38 mg|
|19||100 g||Corn||35 mg|
|20||100 g||Broccoli rabe||33 mg|
|21||100 g||Mint||31 mg|
|22||100 g||Lettuce||28 mg|
|23||100 g||Leek||20 mg|
Side effects of consuming too much sodium
- Edema (Swelling)
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disease
- Stomach cancer
- Bone thinning
- Kidney stones
- Decreased brain function
- Water retention
Facts about sodium
- Did you know that sodium and potassium both impact blood pressure? A diet rich in potassium helps to counterbalance some of sodium’s harmful effects on blood pressure.
- Eating less salt is an important way to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- To reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, eat less processed food and use less salt while cooking.
- You should consume no more than 1,500-2300 milligrams of sodium each day.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of the sodium consumed by Americans comes from commercially processed foods.
- Approximately 56% of adults in the U.S. (ages 18 years and older) suffer from hypertension.
- Hypertension can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness.