Six Salty Foods To Pass On

Our food is overflowing with salt even without a shake here and there. Americans consume more than double the amount of sodium recommended. The American Heart Association recommends less than 1,500 milligrams a day. Over that, sodium puts us at risk for heart disease and elevated blood pressure. Eating more fresh home-cooked meals and less processed foods are easy ways to combat sodium overload. Be aware of these six foods that are full of salt that you may not know:

  1. Bread and rolls. 100-200 milligrams per slice.
  2. Cold cuts and cured meats. Sodium is about 400 percent higher, on average, in processed meats.
  3. Packaged soups. A single serving of canned soup often contains 600-1000 milligrams of sodium, almost an entire day’s worth. Homemade soups without store bought broth or bullion are a better option.
  4. Pizza. Crust, cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni and sausage are all high sodium ingredients. Go light on the cheese and opt for veggie toppings instead of meat.
  5. Burgers and sandwiches. Fast food sandwiches can contain more than 100 percent of your daily suggested dietary sodium.
  6. Tacos and burritos. Fill and stuff with vegetables like grilled peppers and onions and less meat and cheese.   

“Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”   Fran Lebowitz