In the case of someone who is advised by their cardiologist to monitor
sodium intake...what are the numbers?
I had this discussion with a friend recently who is advised to watch her
sodium...my thoughts are that the salt added to the water is minimal...and
that for drinking, she might filter or buy "canned water". But my thinking
has no numbers to back it up.
In most cases, softened water contains between 40-80mg of sodium per litre. To
put that in context, ask yourself how many litres of tap water you drink a day
and consider that a single slice of white bread contains between 150-200mg of
sodium and a can of chicken noodle soup can conatin over 500mg of sodium.
Nothing like splitting hairs. There are lots of different kinds of 'salt',
since you want to be so technical. Which salt did the OP mean? Sodium is
an ingredient in salt (sodium chloride), and the softener puts it in the
water. I believe this is what the OP wanted to know.
While I'm not a chemist, High School Chemistry was sufficient to tell
me that the difference between salt and Sodium is not a question of
splitting hairs. The OP asked whether a softener makes water salty
(read the subject line). It does not. If adding Sodium to water
made it salty, then it would seem logical that adding Chlorine makes
my pool water salty - Chlorine being the other component of salt.
It's not "splitting hairs" to draw a distinction between two things that are
not the same.
Now who's splitting hairs?
In the absence of any qualifiers indicating otherwise, *most* people assume
the word "salt" to mean common salt, NaCl. If you supposed, even for a moment,
that the OP meant anything *but* common salt, then you should seek therapy.
Sodium is also an ingredient in lye; applying your criteria, a water softener
makes water lye-like.
Then you have a reading comprehension problem, as "what the OP wanted to know"
is very clearly stated in plain English in the title of the thread: "Does it
[a water softener] make water salty?"
The correct answer to that question is "no".
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
My, my all this hairsplitting when you have lost sight of the problem.
The OP in a second note said the friend was on a salt restricted diet.
In that context the real concern is not the sodium chloride, per se,
both the sodium sensitivity of a person with hypertension.
You will notice that on the nutrition label there is no number for salt, but
there is one for sodium.
So ther right answer is not if there is salt or not, but is there added
Yes there is. Is it a problem? Thats what needs to be answered. Another
poster who understood
the question has answered it.
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