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High Sodium Foods to Avoid

The American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of 1,500 mgs of sodium or less per day.

The average American consumes more than twice that due in large part to processed foods.

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This excess sodium adds flavor and extends the shelf life of some foods but too much sodium can be bad for your heart and your overall health.

Often called Here are six popular foods we love to eat that are loaded with sodium.

Cold Cuts & Cured Meats Processed meat like cold cuts and cured meats can contain as much as 400% more sodium than unprocessed meats. Look for lower sodium or no salt added cold cut options.

Bread & Rolls Some varieties of store-bought sandwich bread can contain more than 200 mgs of sodium PER SLICE.

Sandwiches A sandwich with two slices of bread AND cold cuts could easily exceed your daily sodium allowance.

Poultry Chicken can contain too much salt because of sodium-filled solutions injected to preserve it, improve color and taste.  Read labels for all natural poultry and avoid breaded products.

Soup One cup of canned soup can contain more than 900 mgs of sodium. There are many lower sodium varieties available but it’s always best to make your own if you can.

Pizza Next time you order a slice or a whole pie, load yours up with more veggies than meat or cheese.  One slice of pizza can contain more than 1000 mgs of sodium.

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