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Top 10 Saltiest Foods According to the CDC

Watch Out For These Top 10 Saltiest Foods

Collectively, we really love our salt. We eat so much more than we should, often because of high levels of sodium hiding in many of our favorite foods. A new report released by the Centers For Disease Control identifies the top 10 saltiest foods, and some may surprise you.

Paying attention to the amount of salt hidden in your food is important because too much sodium in your diet can lead to diseases like hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. The recommended daily intake of salt is 1,500 milligrams to 2,300 milligrams (about a teaspoon), depending on your risk factors. But most Americans (about 90 percent of us) eat more than 3,300 milligrams a day. Want to know which foods are the worst to eat if you're watching your salt intake? Read the list below.

The 10 saltiest foods are:

  1. Snacks like potato chips, popcorn, and pretzels
  2. Meatloaf and other "meat-mixed" dishes
  3. Pasta dishes
  4. Cheese
  5. Cheeseburgers and sandwiches

Read on for the top five saltiest foods.

  1. Soups
  2. Chicken (both fresh and processed)
  3. Pizza
  4. Cured meats like cold cuts
  5. Bread and rolls

In general, all the hidden salt in these 10 foods account for 40 percent of the salt we eat every day, so it's important to read labels, choose your foods wisely, and watch the salt when you're cooking at home.

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starson starson 5 years
I didn't think I had to worry about sodium because I don't have high blood pressure, but it looks like I was wrong: http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/salt-ok-if-blood-pressure-is-ok/
jutka jutka 5 years
there should probably be a distinction here between food you cook at home and processed or poor quality restaurant food. i don't think my home made pasta, pizza, chicken or meatloaf qualify for this list. Maybe this list should just read...Processed food is high in sodium...don't eat it all the time.
SaraNoH SaraNoH 5 years
@theantiIjared I wouldn't consider salt to be an actual food, but a condiment.
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