Chloride in the Diet
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Chloride is a mineral. Chloride, along with
are known as the electrolyte minerals. Electrolytes are in all body fluids and help
regulate the balance of fluids in the body's cells. Chloride, along with sodium,
is found concentrated in the fluid outside of cells.
It is rare for someone to have a lack of chloride in the diet
because salt is such a common part most people's diet, especially in the US.
Chloride is found in foods that have natural sources of salt. Processed foods
are also often high in salt. There is no
Recommended Daily Allowance,
called RDA, for chloride. Most healthy people can fulfill their chloride needs
with a minimum of 750 mg per day. Excessive sweating, vomiting, or
can cause the body to lose chloride.