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Salt and Soda

Timeless Nutrition Tip

If people ate less salt, they would need to drink less liquid, including soda. The more salt people consume, the more fluid their kidneys excrete and the thirstier they are.

Salt and soda

If Americans consumed no more than the recommended 2,400 milligrams of sodium a day, they would probably drink one less 12-ounce soda or other beverage daily.

Some advocates are claiming that more salt makes a person drink more soda - but that seems a bit of a stretch. Some love their soda, yes, but others enjoy carrying their water around all day, too. Aren't we always told to drink at least eight glasses of water daily?

Salt and Soda Content

Looking at a typical 12 ounce serving of soda (Sprite), there are 65mg of sodium. This equates to only 3 percent of the daily value for sodium intake. That doesn't sound like very much in the grand scheme of things.

So in conclusion, it would seem that simply cutting down on salt would result in less thirst...which would result in drinking less liquids, whatever type you choose.

Did you know?

PepsiCo generates 66-percent of its operating profits from its Frito-Lay snacks. This industry has been pre-eminent in trying to create doubt about the relationship between salt intake and blood pressure, presumably - say the anti-soda people - in the hope of protecting its soft drink sales.

What to do? Cut back on salt.

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