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High Sodium Intake Increases White Fat

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Most weight loss and cardiovascular health advice advocates watching your sodium intake. A recent study now suggests that we can up the ante and ad high sodium intake to the list of things that directly make us fat.

A new study from Brazil now shows a direct correlation to increased white fat mass with high dietary sodium.  Worse, the study also indirectly suggests that high sodium intake may create binge eating behavior.

Rats fed a high sodium intake for 6 weeks showed increased white fat mass. Additionally, high sodium intake also created higher serum leptin levels.

In a previous article, we detailed the role of high serum leptin and binge eating.

Rule of Thumb: High sodium intake makes you fat and hungry.

High dietary sodium intake increases white adipose tissue mass and plasma leptin in rats.

Fonseca-Alaniz MH, Brito LC, Borges-Silva CN, Takada J, Andreotti S, Lima FB.