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:
- Bread and rolls. 100-200 milligrams per slice.
- Cold cuts and cured meats. Sodium is about 400 percent higher, on average, in processed meats.
- 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.
- 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.
- Burgers and sandwiches. Fast food sandwiches can contain more than 100 percent of your daily suggested dietary sodium.
- 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