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Egg Whites & Sodium

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author image Nina K.
Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by USAToday.com, Fitday.com, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.
Egg Whites & Sodium
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At 55 milligrams of sodium per large egg, egg whites have a healthy place in a well-planned low-sodium diet. They're also low in calories and contain almost no fat while providing high-quality protein. Egg whites, however, only maintain their low-sodium status if you don't sprinkle them with salt or scramble them in salted butter. For added flavor that won't break your sodium budget, top cooked egg whites with salt-free spices such as paprika or black pepper.

Egg Whites in Your Diet

You should limit your sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams or less per day, advises the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. One egg white provides just 2 percent of this amount. But adults age 51 and older, African-Americans and anyone with high blood pressure, kidney disease or diabetes should limit sodium consumption to no more than 1,500 milligrams per day, according to these guidelines. An egg white provides just under 4 percent of daily sodium needs for people in these demographics.

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