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Everyday foods are top sources of sodium

If you are trying to keep a lid on your sodium (salt) intake, keep an eye on everyday foods. Bread, cold cuts, pizza, and poultry were the four leading sources of sodium in the American diet in 2007–2008, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bread and rolls usually don’t taste salty. But since we eat them so often, a hundred milligrams here and another hundred there add up.

The report highlights again that most of the sodium we get is hidden—almost two-thirds of it came from food bought in stores, and one-quarter came from restaurant food (including fast-food shops and pizza places).

The American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of salt a day, and less (under 1,500 mg) for non-Hispanic blacks, everyone over age 50, and anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease. Excess sodium can increase blood pressure and make the kidneys work harder. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, and more.

Food type

Percent sodium contribution

Breads and rolls

7.4%

Cold cuts/cured meats

5.1%

Pizza

4.9%

Poultry

4.5%

Soups

4.3%

Hamburgers and other sandwiches

4.0%

Cheese

3.8%

Pasta mixed dishes

3.3%

Meat mixed dishes

3.2%

Chips, pretzels, and other savory snacks

3.1%

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2008

Posted by: Dr.Health

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