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The sodium and potassium content of Philippine foods III foods of animal origin.

Solita F. Camara-Besa,
Minerva Bataclan

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The sodium and potassium content of 340 samples of foods of animal origin are presented in tables l-a and l-b. Scientific name is supplied for correct identification of sample, and edible portion in percentage of whole sample for fish, crustaceans and mollusks is included for the use of the dietitian.
Our results show that foods of animal origin contain substantial amounts of sodium unlike vegetable foods which contain this mineral in traces. The potassium content fo foods belonging to both categories is more than the sodium content. We encounter greater variation in the amount of potassium among foods of vegetable origin than in foods of animal origin.
Unlike results reported by Bills et al (5), we find that fresh water fish contain much less sodium than salt water fish.
Crustaceans and mollusks comprise the group that contains the most sodium among all the unprocessed food groups studied.
Table ll is a compilation of values obtained in this study together with those obtained by American workers (5).

Publication Type
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Acta Medica Philippina
Publication Date
July-September 1954
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Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Library Fulltext Print Format
1. Camara-Besa, SF and, Bataclan, M . "The Sodium and Potassium Content of Philippine Foods: I. Foods of Plant Origin." Acta Medica Philippina 9(1): 1953
2. Camara-Besa, SF and, Bataclan, M . "The dodium and potassium content of Philippines Foods III. Sample daily diets" Acta Medica Philippina 9, 270, 1953
3. Wallace, WM , Holiday, M , Cushman, M and, Elkinston, JR . "The application of the Internal Standard Flame photometer to the analysis of biological material" J Lab and Clin Med 37, 621, 1951
4. Camara-Besa, SF . "The serum sodium and potassium values in normal Filipino students" Acta Medica Philippina 37, 621, 1951
5. Bills, CE , McDonald, FG , Niedermeir, W and, Schwartz, MC . "Sodium and potassium in foods and water, determination by flame photometer" J of the Amer Dietitic Assoc 25, 304, 1949