Hidden Salt

Even sweet foods and drinks supply high sodium in the diet

hidden salt, sweets, candy, sodium

hidden salt, sweets, candy, sodium

Public health professionals recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day because its intake is linked with high blood pressure. When blood pressure goes down even a little so does one’s risk of stroke, heart failure and other health problems. The trouble is the average person today ingests about 3,400 mg daily, a whopping 48% above the recommended intake. So how much is 2,300 mg? It might sounds like a lot but it’s just one teaspoon.

But 80% of one’s salt comes you’re your salt shaker, but from processed and packaged foods.

Processed foods

• Frozen meals

• Canned or pickled foods

• Packaged snacks

• Deli meat

• Cheese

• Condiments, sauces and dressings

• Breads

• Cereals

• Soda (including diet soda)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists its “Salty Six”- popular prepared meals to watch out for—with amount of sodium/serving:

1. Breads and rolls—up to 230 mg
2. Pizza—up to 760 mg
3. Cold cuts and cured meats—578 mg
4. Chicken nuggets—600 mg of sodium
5. Canned soups—up to 940 mg
6. Sandwiches—with bread, cured meats, processed cheese and condiments 1,500 mg or more

Did You Know

The Difference Between Salts?

Sea salt is a better source of trace elements; flavor and texture are more pronounced; colors such as pink salt are derived from where they are mined. But processed salt supplies a steady source of iodine. Both kinds contain the same amount of sodium by weight. Avoid aluminum-based additives.

comments powered by Disqus