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Chloride in the Diet

Chloride in the Diet | Functions and Sources

What food source is the nutrient found in?

Table salt and salty foods, such as olives, are the most concentrated sources of chloride. Table salt is known chemically as sodium chloride. Chloride is also found in moderate amounts in these foods:

  • meats
  • chicken
  • fish
  • grains
  • fruits
  • vegetables, especially tomatoes
  • nuts
  • milk products
  • seeds
  • How does the nutrient affect the body?

    Chloride works closely with the other electrolyte minerals, sodium and potassium, to provide certain functions in the body.

  • They help maintain the body's acid-base balance.
  • They are crucial in keeping the body's fluids in balance.
  • They also help transmit nerve impulses or signals.
  • Chloride is key in keeping the stomach's digestive fluids working as they should. This helps to break down food and with the absorption of nutrients.

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    Author: Clare Armstrong, MS, RD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/14/02

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