Chlorine and chloride are the same elements, but each exists in different states or in different combinations with different elements. Chlorine is present in food and when found in the human body, it is almost entirely in the form of chloride. Chloride is used in maintaining water balance and is an essential component of gastric juice.
Plant: Chloride is found in many vegetables. Foods with higher amounts of chloride include seaweed, rye, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, and olives.
NOTE: Most diets supply chloride in the form of salts (sodium chloride, NaCl).
« Persons on a severe no-sodium diet may find it necessary to obtain chlorine (chloride) from other sources.