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The Saltiest Foods in America Will Shock You

November 8, 2012

You know that moment — when you wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you’ve spent the last four hours in the Sahara only to guzzle down glass after glass of water? Or when your fingers are so bloated you can hardly get your wedding ring on? The culprit could be these sneaky salty foods the American Heart Association has singled out. Plus, salt overload isn’t just bad for your appearance, it can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.


“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” Linda Van Horn, a research nutritionist at Northwestern University and an AHA volunteer, said in a press release. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need.” The average American actually gets 3,400 milligrams of salt per day, about twice the 1,500 milligrams that is recommended.

1. Bread: One piece can contain about 15 percent of the daily recommended amount. Eat a sandwich and you’re up to 30 percent.

2. Cold cuts and cured meats: Deli or pre-packaged turkey can contain as much as 1,050 milligrams of sodium.

3. Pizza: One slice can contain up to 760 milligrams of sodium, so two can send you over the top.

4. Poultry: Chicken nuggets are the worst — only 3 ounces of nuggets contain nearly 600 milligrams of sodium.

5. Soup: One cup of canned chicken noodle soup can have up to 940 milligrams of sodium.


Photo via Flickr: by SoraZG

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