Sodium Deficiency (hyponatremia); Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Where can I get sodium from?

  • Sodium is an essential mineral that is found in any food, specially processed ones. Consumption of sodium-rich food should be closely monitored as it can affect the body negatively and may cause diseases like hypertension.
  • Sodium can be found in a lot of food, especially food preserved in salt like pickles, meat, and fish.
  • The highest sodium source is table salt, which is added to all sorts of food, including bread, pizza, chicken, soups, sandwiches, pasta, sauces, meats and even sweets like cake, brownies, cookies, and ice-cream in small amounts to enhance their flavors.
  • Fruits and vegetables are low in sodium, but there are fruits and vegetables naturally high in sodium but without the side effect of table salt, including beets, carrots, meat, celery, spinach, and swiss chard.

Here are some of the highest sodium sources and the amount of sodium in 100 grams of each source:

  • Table salt: 38758 mg, 1615% of daily sodium intake
  • Sunflower seeds: 6008 mg, 250% of daily sodium intake
  • Soy sauce: 5493 mg, 229% of daily sodium intake
  • Canned anchovies: 3668 mg, 153% of daily sodium intake
  • Yeast extract: 3380 mg, 141% of daily sodium intake
  • Chili powder: 2867 mg, 119% of daily sodium intake
  • Hot sauce: 2643 mg, 110% of daily sodium intake
  • Salami: 2260 mg, 94% of daily sodium intake
  • Parmesan cheese: 1804 mg, 75% of daily sodium intake
  • Bacon: 1684 mg, 70% of daily sodium intake
Sodium Deficiency