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Ordinary Foods, Extraordinary Sodium

Are your food choices giving you more salt than you bargained for? The RDI of salt is no more than 2,300 mg of sodium (6 grams, one teaspoon) a day. A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. One simple way to reduce your sodium intake is by watching out for ordinary foods with extraordinary sodium counts.


  • Condiments: Margarine, butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, pasta sauces, soy sauces and dressings.
  • Processed foods: Crackers, chips, pickles, canned vegetables and soup and lunch meats.
  • Meats: Red meats and meats like bacon and ham tend to be higher in sodium.
  • Fast foods: A lot of items from fast food restaurants are loaded with shocking amounts of sodium.

Fit's Tip: Fresh is always best for getting lower sodium.

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