When it comes to restaurant fare and processed food it seems sodium lurks in unexpected places and unexpected quantities. The theory is that salt makes everything taste better, so more salt means tastier food, right? Not really, but you wouldn’t know that after seeing the amounts of sodium used in some of the entrées at some popular food chains. Take a look and see what meals you should avoid, especially if high blood pressure is a health concern of yours. Just to remind you that the upper limit of daily sodium is 2,300 mg a day, which is equal to about one teaspoon.
Here's a list of the top saltiest dinners you can order.
- Saltiest Burger: Hardee's 2/3 pound Monster Thickburger — 2,770 mg. Most of the sodium comes from the bun and the three slices of processed cheese which make up for 780 mg.
- Saltiest Pasta: Fazoli's Rigatoni Romano — 3,180 mg. This dish is made with Italian sausage, meat sauce, and cheese, all of which have high amounts of sodium. Put them together and bada-boom, baba-bing, you've got one salty dish.
- Saltiest Beef Entrée: Bob Evans Steak Tips and Noodles — 4,131 mg. Think beef stroganoff soaked in gravy. The steak on its own has 638 mg of sodium. That's some salty gravy.
- Saltiest Frozen Dinner: Swanson Hungry-Man XXL Roasted Carved Turkey — 4,480 mg. The label on the box says that the meal is actually two servings, but what kind of hungry man is going to share?
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- Saltiest Comfort Food: Denny's Meat Loaf Dinner (with Mashed Potatoes and Corn) — 5,080 mg. It's best to make your own.
- Saltiest Mexican Entrée: Chili's Buffalo Chicken Fajitas — 5,690 mg. Where does it all come from? Fried chicken, Buffalo sauce, blue cheese, smoked bacon, ranch dressing, and sour cream.
- Saltiest Dish in America: Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Portobello — 7,300 mg. This is well beyond your three day limit of salt. That's so bad.