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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Eating too much salt is a common problem

By February 9, 2012

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Salt - Photo by Tom Grill/Getty ImagesThe CDC reports that 90% of Americans eat too much salt (sodium), often at least 1000 mg more than than is recommended.

And when you look at some of the top sources of salt in our diets, it is easy to see that our kids are likely eating too much salt too. These foods with a lot of salt can include:

  • pre-packaged luncheon meat
  • pizza
  • breaded chicken strips
  • chicken nuggets
  • canned chicken noodle soup
  • cheeseburgers
  • canned pasta with meat sauce
  • corn dogs
  • American cheese

Even a slice of white bread can have up to 230 mg of salt, which means that if you aren't careful, a sandwich can quickly add up to more than half of your daily recommended intake for salt once you add in two slices of bread, luncheon meat, cheese, and some mustard or mayo.

That makes it important to check food labels to look for lower sodium versions of foods, which can sometimes mean simply choosing a different brand of the same food, eating more whole foods and fewer processed and packaged foods, and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.

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