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Thursday, December 1, 2011

8 Saltiest Foods

Pizza is 3rd saltiest food according to the CDC.

According to the CDC, we eat way too much salt!

Sodium, or salt, is a common addition to foods; especially the so-called “comfort” foods that don’t leave you feeling so comfortable after you indulge.  One reason for this bloated feeling is the sodium in foods that can cause your body to hang onto extra fluids. 

Here are some foods high in sodium to avoid:

  • Peanuts (dry roasted, salted) have 230 mg of sodium per ounce
  • Potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn
  • Pretzels: yes they are low in fat but a serving has around 400mg of sodium
  • Cold cuts and other processed meats like pepperoni and hot dogs
  • Ham - packs a lot of sodium in each serving
  • Dips and spreads, like creamy Ranch dip for veggies
  • Olives & pickles
  • Condiments & dressings – things like ketchup, mustard, and salad dressings have tons of sodium in each serving

Here are some healthier options:

  • Unsalted nuts are great sources of protein and heart-healthy fats.
  • Fresh vegetables: carrot & celery sticks are usually found next to the creamy dip so skip the dip and load up on the fiber instead.
  • Baked or broiled meat options.
  • Use sodium free dressing or drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar over top of your salad.
  • Cheddar cheese and cream cheese is lower in sodium than some other cheeses like American.

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