Surprising Top Source Of Hidden Salt.

3 Apr

Here’s a surprising discovery made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… The number one salt culprit in the United States is bread, including rolls and sweet rolls. Americans get twice as much salt from bread products as they do from salty snacks, which only stand at number 10 in the CDC’s list of the saltiest foods. Breads and rolls aren’t saltier than many other foods, but people eat a lot more of them, according to the CDC.

Breads and rolls account for about 7 percent of the salt we consume. About 40 percent of the salt we eat is hidden. After bread, the next nine are: cold cuts and cured meats, such as deli turkey or ham; pizza; fresh and processed poultry; soups; sandwiches on bread or buns (including cheeseburgers); cheese; pasta dishes; meat- mixed dishes, such as meat loaf with tomato sauce; and snacks, such as chips, pretzels and popcorn. These 10 foods are responsible for 44 percent of all sodium consumed.

Nine out of ten Americans over age two consume too much sodium. On average, they eat 3,300 mg a day. Experts say everyone over age 51, individuals of African descent, and anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should limit sodium to 1,500 mg a day. For everyone else, less than 2,300 mg is recommended. Consuming too much salt has been linked to heart disease and stroke.

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