Tuesday, February 7, 2012

August 4, 2010- Surpisingly Salty Foods

The average person consumes 3,500 mg of sodium per day, which is way over the limit of 2,300 mg which is the recommended amount we should have per day. The majority of the salt that we do consume is already present in many of the processed foods that we eat. Here are a few foods that have a surprising amount of salt in them:

o Kellogg’s Raisin Bran

Sodium: 350 mg

Even though 350 mg is a small percentage of your daily value, it’s still a lot for cereal. Try other types of cereal, such as Cheerios or Special K that have much less sodium.

o Heinz Ketchup

Sodium: 190 mg Serving: 1 tbsp (15 calories)

As much as we all love ketchup on everything, try to limit the amount that you use, since two tablespoons contains about 16% of your daily sodium intake.

o Campbell’s Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup

Sodium: 940 mg Serving: ½ cup (70 calories)

It’s no surprise that soup made the list, but it’s still worth pointing out that anything (fruits and vegetables included) that comes pre-made and packaged is likely to have a lot of sodium packed in. Try the low sodium version of some of your favorite canned items and it might be hard to tell the difference.

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