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July 21, 2011 5:17 AM
Hi there MFP,
I've been trying to reduce my sodium intake drastically and I've been pretty successful at it, at least for the last week. I'm down from probably 8,000 mg/day to around 1,000. While reading up on the topic, I read that a good guide is to make sure things you eat/buy have less mg of sodium than they do Calories. So, far I've found this to be pretty helpful, but I can't seem to find a type of milk or milk alternative that meets this. Most of them are something like 100 Cal and 125 mg Sodium. I know 125 mg is not a whole lot, but still, there has to be something. Anybody have any ideas?
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July 21, 2011 5:30 AM
So Delicious coconut milk (unsweetened) has 50 cals and 15 mg sodium in 1 cup!
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July 21, 2011 5:31 AM
Sodium is a naturally occurring electrolyte in the body of living things. There will be naturally occurring sodium in any animal product. That's really not the sodium you have to worry about , the added sodium in the processed foods is what causes so many problems.
July 21, 2011 5:39 AM
QUOTE:

Sodium is a naturally occurring electrolyte in the body of living things. There will be naturally occurring sodium in any animal product. That's really not the sodium you have to worry about , the added sodium in the processed foods is what causes so many problems.


Ditto.

The less stuff out of a box you eat, the less you have to worry about sodium. Don't worry about sodium in milk or celery. Worry about sodium in frozen meals, boxed rices, canned soups, processed meats, etc.
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July 21, 2011 6:10 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I have eliminated most packaged foods (except for some frozen vegetables with no salt added). Here's to hoping I can keep it up!
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July 21, 2011 6:42 AM
QUOTE:

Sodium is a naturally occurring electrolyte in the body of living things. There will be naturally occurring sodium in any animal product. That's really not the sodium you have to worry about , the added sodium in the processed foods is what causes so many problems.


Quoted for truth :)
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July 21, 2011 8:44 AM
Is this an American thing for milk? because I checked mine and it doesn't have nearly as much as you state? Or maybe it's a brand thing?
July 21, 2011 9:08 AM
It's more important to monitor your sodium vs. potassium intake than to just minimize sodium. Milk has a lot of potassium, so the more you drink the more you'll be moving toward the positive side of your sodium/potassium intake.
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July 22, 2011 7:46 PM
Louiselesley - What does your say?
Edited by wbutterfras On July 22, 2011 7:46 PM
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