How does the potassium in a single serving of spaghetti sauce (e.g., 425 mg) counteract the sodium content (460 mg)? In other words, when we see the 460 mg of sodium on the label, we wonder if the 420 mg of potassium results in a reduction of the sodium?

Hello and thank you for your question!

Both potassium and sodium are essential minerals for maintaining health and normal body functions.1 Consuming a certain amount of potassium does not directly result in a reduction of the sodium but can be beneficial in improving your food choices and overall health.

Most Americans consume too much sodium and not enough potassium, which can increase risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.1 It is recommended to reduce the amount of salt we consume and eat more foods that are rich in potassium, including fruits, vegetables and beans, to encourage heart-healthy choices to achieve and maintain good overall health.2

Check out our Lifestyle pages on tips for reducing salt and other healthy habits to help maintain a healthy blood pressure and long-term health.

 

Hope this helps!

 


References:

  1. “The Role of Potassium and Sodium in Your Diet.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated June 29, 2018. Accessed November 28, 2018. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/salt/potassium.htm

  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.

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