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Sodium

Dining out experiences are always fun. You can observe how a person's eating habits can ruin his/her health.


I was in one of those revolving sushi restaurants during the weekend, where people were sitting side by side. I found it very interesting how much soy sauce a person can consume after witnessing it first hand.


Here are some facts:

  • A standard size Kikkoman soy sauce container is 150ml (10 tablespoons).

  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce contains 879 mg sodium.

  • Most people dining in sushi restaurants use at least 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

  • The CDC 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that they should consume less than 2300 milligrams of sodium per day as part of a healthy eating pattern.

  • 1 link of breakfast sausage contains 490 mg-1000 mg sodium depending on the brand.

  • 1 slice of bacon contains 140 mg -180 mg sodium.

  • Most people put salt and pepper on their morning eggs.

  • 1 12oz coke contains 45 mg sodium.

Getting back to my sushi restaurant story… The person who sat next to me poured a huge amount of soy sauce on every single nigiri and roll. At the end of his meal, he pretty much finished up more than half of the bottle of soy sauce.


How much sodium did he just consume?

Let’s say 7 tablespoons which is equivalent to 6153 mg of sodium.

Is it too much for him?

6153 mg - 2300 mg = 3853mg, yes, he had 2.67 times too much sodium.


He also mentioned that he had a hearty breakfast in the morning. That’s why I just put some breakfast food facts above. Assuming he had 1000 mg of sodium for his breakfast, he was way out the range of the sodium intake a day.


High sodium diets lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.


Please EAT responsibly for your health!



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