Bicarb as Na source?


#1

Has anyone tried using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as a sodium source?
Would the lack of chlorine relative to table salt be significantly detrimental?
I am in particular interested because of the potential athletic benefits: http://examine.com/supplements/Sodium+Bicarbonate/#main_clinical_results


#2

If you get chloride/iodine from other sources, I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to ditch table salt in favor of baking soda. I’m no expert but on paper I don’t see a reason it wouldn’t work. Might be more filling since you’d need to use more baking soda ~27% sodium (vs NaCl 39% sodium)


#3

also be aware of any ph changes, as they change the way nutrients get absorbed.


#4

I tried it… once. And I’ll not do that again.
Probably because of pH level that drink tasted disgustingly.


#5

@Roman Well… I have to agree. Its possible benefits are not worth the awful taste. I won’t get any benefit anyway if I can’t get it down!