Sodium is an essential dietary mineral and electrolyte. It is one of the main components of the fluids inside our bodies and plays a vital role, helping carry nutrients to cells. Sodium is necessary for regulation of blood and body fluids, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity, and certain metabolic functions.
Is there a lot of sodium in the beverages you make?
Most of our beverages meet the standards set by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for a low sodium or very low sodium food. A 12-ounce can of soda typically contains between 30 and 70 mg of sodium - compared to 145 mg of sodium in a typical slice of bread. By design, sports drinks and other electrolyte-replacement beverages contain higher levels of sodium, to help balance the body's electrolytes. For example, Gatorade contains about 110 mg of sodium per 8-ounce serving.
How do I know how much sodium is in your beverages?
The amount of sodium in our beverages is listed in the Nutrition Facts Panel. You can also see sodium amounts and comparisons with other food and beverages in the Sodium Comparison chart.
Are there times when consuming sodium is helpful?
If you engage in strenuous physical activity or live in a hot climate and spend lots of time outside, your body can quickly deplete its supply of sodium and other electrolytes. This can hinder both the absorption of water and the production of sweat - natural processes that are needed to keep your body from overheating. You can help avoid this situation by consuming sports drinks like Gatorade that contain sodium and other electrolytes.
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per serving (mg)
|Chicken noodle soup, canned||1 cup||1106|
|Tomato juice||1 cup||883|
|Cold cuts - Ham||2 slices||730|
|Cold cuts - Turkey Breast||2 slices||540|
|Fast food hamburger (plain)||1||474|
|Cold cuts - Salami||55g||332|
|Tomato sauce, canned||60g||314|
|American Cheese||1 slice||300|
|Raisin Bran Cereal||1 cup||274|
|Corn flakes||1 cup||202|
|Wheat bread||1 slice||148|
|Potato chips||1 oz||149|
|Milk 2%||1 cup||145|
American Heart Association and USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference