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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

No Soup For You! -- Watching out for Salt

There seems to be a common theme this week:  My patients love soup.


Unfortunately, soup is full of sodium.  Sodium causes fluid retention, which can lead to edema (swelling), increased blood pressure, and in those susceptible patients, congestive heart failure.

Some may believe that if the soup is homemade then it must be healthy and low in sodium -- not true.  A homemade chicken soup is made from the drippings of a chicken or another animal, which naturally are full of sodium.

Unless the broth is made with just water and vegetables, or is specifically labeled with a low sodium content, the soup is high in sodium, and if you have hypertension or congestive heart failure, then it is best to just stay away.
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