Sodium is essential in the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach which protects the body from food infections. It is a component of salt; table salt is 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. Sodium has an important role in maintaining the water balance within cells and in the function of both nerve impulses and muscles. Any extra sodium is excreted by the kidneys.

Consuming excess sodium may lead to edema or water retention. Women who consume excess sodium may be at higher risk for developing osteoporosis even if calcium intake is adequate. Sodium intake is one factor involved in the development of high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension. Athletes are sometimes concerned about not getting enough sodium to replace what is lost through perspiration.

Sodium RDA

The RDA for Sodium is actually an Adequate Intake.

children 1-3 yrs 1.0 g
children 4-8 yrs 1.2 g
children 9-13 yrs 1.5 g
Males 14-50 yrs 1.5 g
Males 51-70 yrs 1.3 g
Males 70+ yrs 1.2 g
Females 14-50 yrs 1.5 g
Females 51-70 yrs 1.3 g
Females 70+ yrs 1.2 g
Pregnancy 19-50 yrs 1.5 g
Lactation 19-50 yrs 1.5 g

For further information on nutrients RDA see our complete list for recommended dietary allowance.

Good sources of Sodium are:
salt, kelp, olives, tomatoes,

We have sorted our nutrition database by foods high in sodium. We also have a list of low sodium foods. So you can easily see how much Sodium is contained in different foods. You can also search through our database using the search box below or browse the Sodium content by food category.

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Sodium content by food category:

Baby Foods    Baked Products
Beef Products    Breakfast Cereals
Cereal Grains and Pasta    Dairy and Egg Products
Drinks    Ethnic Foods
Fast Foods    Fats and Oils
Fish    Fruits
Lamb, Veal, and Game Products    Legumes and Legume Products
Meals, Entrees, and Sidedishes    Nuts
Pork    Poultry Products
Sausages and Luncheon Meats    Snacks
Soups, Sauces, and Gravies    Spices and Herbs
Sweets    Vegetables

Deficiency of Sodium may cause:
nausea
dizziness
poor concentration
muscle weakness


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Sodium and Nutrition Facts - Top 199 Foods

Fruits

a banana, an apple, an orange, a peach, apricots, butternut squash, lemon, grapes, watermelon, strawberries, green grapes, kiwi, blueberries, zucchini, figs, honeydew, eggplant, dates, olives, a pear, coconut, cranberries, pomegranate, a mango, pineapple, cherries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, tangerine, nectarines, raisins, plums, tomatoes, chili peppers, chilis, peppers, avocado, cucumber, summer squash, winter squash, papaya, prunes

Vegetables

leeks, turnip greens, swiss chard, mustard greens, yams, fennel, artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, green beans, brussel sprouts, cabbage, sweet potato, a potato, carrots, lettuce, iceberg lettuce, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, celery, salad, mushrooms, potatoes, baked potato, onions, asparagus

Seafood

salmon, cod, sardines, shrimp, tuna, fish, tuna salad, halibut, sea bass, scallops

Drinks

coffee, apple juice, cranberry juice, red wine, skim milk, white wine, wine, milk, beer, alcohol, coke, soy milk, whole milk, prune juice, tea, a shake, coconut milk, orange juice

Nuts and Seeds

chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, nuts, almonds, sesame seeds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts

Beans and Lentils

soybeans, pinto beans, kidney beans, lentils, black beans, lima beans, navy beans, beets, beans, garbanzo beans

Meat

beef, steak, deer, bacon, chicken, fried chicken, turkey, turkey breast, chicken breast, meatloaf, ham, lamb, sausages

Fast Foods

french fries, pizza, a slice of pizza, hot dog, hamburger, a cheeseburger, a big mac

Dairy and Cheese

ricotta, yogurt, cottage cheese, an egg, egg whites, goats cheese, cheddar, cheddar cheese, cheese, hard boiled egg, feta cheese

Bread, Rice, Grains and Pasta

rye, millet, flaxseed, barley, buckwheat, whole wheat bread, a bagel, white bread, bread, quinoa, corn, spaghetti, rice, pasta, brown rice, white rice

Spreads, Sauces and Herbs

hummus, mayonnaise, butter, peanut butter, soy sauce, thyme, basil, rosemary, pepper, coriander, dill, parsley

Sweets, Desserts and Snacks

popcorn, chips, nachos, a granola bar, saltine crackers, cheesecake, jello, ice cream, doughnuts, chocolate

Breakfast Cereal

granola, cheerios, oatmeal

Miscellaneous

spirulina, honey, sugar, brown sugar, tofu, olive oil, garlic, tempeh, oats