Sodium Doesn’t Mean Salty

The Food and Drug Administration wants you to have less sodium in your diet. But where does all of it come from, if you avoid the salt shaker?

The New York Times explains that 70 percent of the salt Americans consume is already mixed into our food. Even in food that doesn’t necessarily taste salty. For example, a single slice of bread may have more than 150 milligrams of sodium -- more than a large handful of potato chips.

Other places where salt may be sneaking into your diet include ketchup (160 milligrams per spoonful), lunch meat (500 or more milligrams per serving), and bacon (more than 1,000 milligrams in six slices).

The lesson? Read labels carefully. And hold the added salt.

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Sourced from: The New York Times, Salty Surprises in the Food You Eat