Salty Foods You Should Avoid
By Sara Butler
Salt is in a lot of foods, especially processed foods. These foods are major contributors to the fact that Americans eat way too much sodium on a daily basis. The American Heart Association recommends that adults have no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day -- ideally, you should try to keep it down around 1,500 milligrams per day. But if you're eating these four foods, then they'll blow those daily limits out of the water.
Why Salt Matters
Too much salt in the diet is bad for your cardiovascular system. It's been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as kidney problems. Salt can be sneaky and be present in high levels in everyday foods you may not even realize. That's why it's important to always read the nutrition labels on the foods you buy and keep track of exactly how much salt you eat each day.
You probably never thought about bread and rolls being full of salt, but they are! Considering the fact that bread is a staple in the diets of most people, and something eaten more than once per day, you can see how this can be problematic when it comes to your salt intake. Make sure to read the nutrition label on the bread you buy and try to buy the lower sodium varieties.
Just one slice of pizza with toppings such as pepperoni can have over half of your daily recommended intake of sodium. Even the cheese is full of salt, which is why it's important to go easy on the cheese and meat, but heavy on the vegetables if you want to try to cut down on your sodium intake.
Bread has been covered, so now it's time to talk about the meat in your sandwich. Burgers or lunch meat sandwiches can have over 100 percent of your daily salt intake. Yes, 100 percent in just one sandwich! You may want to try to break up your lunch by making a sandwich with lower sodium lunch meat or by having half of a sandwich with a salad (with low sodium dressing, of course).
One cup of canned soup can have as much as 900 grams of sodium. Considering that most cans of soup contain at least two servings, you can see where this becomes a problem with your daily sodium intake. Check the label before you buy and opt for varieties that have less sodium.
Your body needs salt to be healthy, but just as with everything else in life, it's best in moderation.
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