You may think that just passing on the salt shaker will be enough to lower the amount of sodium in your diet. However, you might be surprised to learn about the many products that contain hidden sodium. Here are some of the top culprits.
Sodium in Common Foods
Bread and baked goods: Bread is one of the top sources of dietary sodium. One slice of bread can contain anywhere from 350-700 milligrams of sodium. Read labels carefully and choose a brand with the lowest sodium content. Other baked goods such as doughnuts, muffins, and cakes made from baking mixes are also loaded with sodium.
Breakfast cereals: The amount of salt in cereals varies widely so it is important to read labels carefully.
Condiments and sauces: The majority of store-bought condiments such as ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, soy sauce, relish, barbecue sauce, and jarred spaghetti sauce are loaded with sodium. Read labels carefully and buy reduced or no-sodium products whenever possible. Even better, make your own homemade sauces and dressings.
Cheese and dairy products: Most people don’t think of salt when it comes to cheese, but salt is used in the cheese-making process and they are a significant source of sodium in the diet. Milk also contains sodium, 120 milligrams per half-cup serving.
Canned foods: Salt is used to flavor and preserve most canned foods such as soups, stews, and vegetables. A can of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup has a whopping 900 milligrams of sodium per serving. Canned beans are also high in sodium content. Look for low-salt and salt-free versions or make your own.