Sodium in Vegetables

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Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 06:44
Does anyone know why the food database says that the sodium in vegetables goes up when cooked? (eggplant goes from 1 to 100+ when cooked). Why does this happen? Thanks in advance for any insight!

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Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 08:17
My guess is that somebody added salt in preparation. Nothing else would make sense.

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Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 13:25
Yes, exactly. A bunch of the vegetable entries have salt added in cooking.

The same is true for oatmeal. Who puts salt in oatmeal, ferchrissakes?!

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 16:23
Thanks!! Sorry, I haven't had a chance to check this... That was the only thing I could think of, too...

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 18:38
most likely is due to the fact that cooking veggies especially when grilling make them loose water therefore weight hence all the nutrients including sodium become more concentrated. I don't think it is the salt in the water because that would be difficult to assess on a db

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 19:52
I'm 100% certain that it's due to added salt during cooking.

In fact, look at this entry for cooked carrots. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll see this:

Contains these Ingredients:
146 g Carrots (without salt, drained, cooked, boiled)
4 g Margarine (regular, 80% fat with salt, stick)
0.9 g Salt

(Margarine? Really?! YEEEECH!)

My advice is to always just use the raw measurements.

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Posted: 11 Dec 2012, 20:30
Wow, I now have the urge to go back and reenter all my "cooked with fat" items to remove margarine Wink I've been mostly entering data through mobile app and it never occured to me to check what that mysterious fat is.
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Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 02:39
In terms of calories, it really won't make an appreciable difference. Oils are oils when it comes to calories.

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