The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day – more than twice the 1,500 milligrams recommended by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Furthermore, 75 percent of our sodium consumption comes from processed and restaurant foods. While a little salt is okay, eating too much can create serious health problems, including high blood pressure and can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. So how do we shop and eat smarter? Obviously less eating out is a good start, but the AHA/ASA says high levels of sodium are not only found in French fries and potato chips.
The Six Foods With the Most Salt
Pay closer attention to what you’re putting in your shopping cart by being aware of the “Salty Six.”
- Breads and rolls. Although most breads don’t taste too salty, one piece can have as much as 230 milligrams of sodium. Have a couple sandwiches a day? The bread alone could put you close to 1,000 milligrams of sodium.
- Cold cuts and cured meats. Deli or pre-packaged turkey can contain as much as 1,050 milligrams of sodium.
- Pizza. So we all know pizza isn’t exactly good for us, but many people don’t realize the amount of sodium they’re consuming while enjoying their favorite slice of pie. Just one slice can contain up to 760 milligrams of sodium.
- Poultry. Most people consider chicken a very healthy meal, and most of the time it can be. But you have to be very careful reading labels because you will find a wide range of sodium levels. Skinless, grilled chicken is okay, but just 3 ounces of frozen and breaded nuggets can add nearly 600 milligrams of sodium.
- Soup. Though we consider this a warm comfort food, one can of chicken noodle soup can have up to 940 milligrams of sodium.
- Sandwiches. Everything from grilled cheese to turkey sandwiches to hamburgers can contain large amounts of sodium. We already know the dangers of breads and cured meats, add them together with ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise and you can easily surpass 1,500 milligrams of sodium in one sitting.
For more information, check out this article.