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Ordinary Foods, Extraordinary Sodium

Are your food choices giving you more salt than you bargained for? The RDI of salt is no more than 2,300 mg of sodium (6 grams, one teaspoon) a day. A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. One simple way to reduce your sodium intake is by watching out for ordinary foods with extraordinary sodium counts.

  • Condiments: Margarine, butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, pasta sauces, soy sauces and dressings.
  • Processed foods: Crackers, chips, pickles, canned vegetables and soup and lunch meats.
  • Meats: Red meats and meats like bacon and ham tend to be higher in sodium.
  • Fast foods: A lot of items from fast food restaurants are loaded with shocking amounts of sodium.

Fit's Tip: Fresh is always best for getting lower sodium.

Join The Conversation
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
I'm ALWAYS hyper-aware of my sodium intake and it's actually good to know that the daily cap is 2,300 mg. I've had myself on a much stricter regimen and it's kind of a bummer to always be thinking about it.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
What sucks is I am a salt girl. I would rather have french fries or tortilla chips over anything sweet. I know I eat too much sodium.
AMP AMP 10 years
There's a difference between salt and sodium, right? Like salt contains sodium, but its different then just the plain sodium compound... and if you add it to food as a flavor enhancer, like a dash of salt, it does not have as much sodium as other processed foods, correct? Maybe I'm making all this up, I dunno.
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