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Does salt intake have an effect on weight management?

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Dr. David Hargroder
Bariatrics 36 years experience
Yes and no: Common table salt is actually the chemical compound sodium chloride. Excess sodium in your diet can lead to fluid retention which will increase weight and can lead to elevated blood pressure in some individuals. This is usually a transient event and shoud not be confused with the weight gain that results from consuming excessive calories. After bariatric surgery extra salt is actually beneficial.
Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: There are some people that are very salt sensitive.... And too much salt can cause fluid retention/ water weight gain- as well as effect blood pressure. The other issue is what foods are associated with salty... Fries, chips, etc.... These do effect weight! happy new year!

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