We have a water softening system that uses salt. However, a reverse osmosis unit is installed for the water coming out of the taps. These units take out most minerals, sediments, etc. Hence the best of both worlds.
I think there was more concern with how much sodium would be in water that has been treated by a home water softening unit, (which uses salt to soften the water) -- not municipal water straight from the tap.
I found this thread very interesting and became concerned about the sodium levels in my water. I did a search and came up with an article from the Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com/health/sodium/AN0 03 17
I also found a water filter that removes sodium from the water (don't know how well it works though):
Hi Little wind, I knew that water softeners used salt, but I didn't know how much sodium was in the water straight out of the tap or that there was a system to remove it. Ours is being installed today.
Just learned something new to share! We have very hard water and I went in search of a water softener. Of course, that included water testing. I found that due to the hardness of my water, I was taking in 750 grams of sodium every day just drinking my 8 cups of water and that's before I ate anything! Part o the system we purchased includes a reverse osmosis system which will remove almost all impurities from our drinking water, ice, and cooking water. See, old dos can earn new tricks.
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Hi Denise, It does seem hard when you first get started, but it does get easier. If you can cook from scratch, it's a lot easier, since most 'ready-made' meals are highly processed and full of salt. I do believe the manufacturers are finally realizing there's a market for lower sodium foods. Unfortunately some foods labeled "lower sodium" and not very low, so read the labels and note the serving size. My mom said sauerkraut was not high in sodium, according to the label. The serving size was 2 Tbsp!!!
Good luck with this venture.
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A lot of ills can be blamed on eating Red Meat. But just as many, if not more, on high sodium consumption. Learn to read labels on everything and you will be surprised. It is hard but can be done. Don't be afraid to ask / post. Good luck!
Hi, I'm Denise, I've been around Sparkpeople for a while now but things have recently changed for me and I find myself having to really limit my sodium intake. This has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do(and I've eaten vegan before)lol. I'm here to get some good ideas and hopefully contribute when I can.
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