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Hidden Salt: 8 Surprising High-Sodium Foods

04/13/2013 07:16 am ET

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Beware the Salt Traps
We all know we shouldn’t eat too much salt -- that overdoing it can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other heart-related diseases. The problem is that salt is hidden everywhere, even in foods that you might not suspect, like salad dressings and chicken breast. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 2,300 mg a day. If you’re over 51, African American or have high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes, you should limit it to under 1,500 mg. The problem: According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the estimated average intake of sodium for Americans ages 2 years and older is approximately 3,400 mg per day, more than twice the recommended amount.

The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 75 percent of the sodium in the average American diet comes from salt added to processed or restaurant foods, so think twice before you buy those heat-and-eat dinners in the supermarket freezer case and order that nachos grande at your favorite eatery. As for foods in your home, here are the worst sodium offenders.

8 Salt Traps

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