8 Foods That Contain Alarmingly High Sodium Levels

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If you’re like many Americans, there is a good chance you’re exceeding the recommended sodium intake on a daily basis. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting your daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams and further reducing your intake to 1,500 milligrams if you are 51 and older, African American, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. However, Mayo Clinic writes that the average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, which is significantly higher than the recommended maximum intake. Sodium is found in almost everything, but there are certain foods that contain much more than others. Here are 8 foods that have surprisingly high salt levels.

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1. Bread

Bad news, bread lovers: the Food Network writes that just one slice of bread can contain about 150 milligrams of sodium. If you have pita bread or a chunk of a baguette, those sodium levels can double. Now imagine if you have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and a piece of baguette with your dinner. If that resembles your daily diet, you could be coming close to reaching your sodium limit each day just by eating bread!

Whole wheat, healthy as it may be, is included here too. According to Chatelaine, while whole wheat bread is certainly better than white bread, a slice can average 240 to 400 milligrams. There are some that contain less sodium than this, so it pays to read labels. Look for bread that has no more than 170 milligrams of sodium per slice, and always make sure that whole wheat flour or whole grain is the first ingredient on the nutrition label.

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