HEALTHY LIVING
07/20/2012 08:56 am ET

How Much Salt Is In That?

There's no gentle way to say this: we eat entirely too much salt. As part of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the USDA recommends a maximum of 2,300 mg of daily sodium -- what correlates to about one teaspoon of salt -- and the majority of us get about 3,400 mg. And for senior citizens, African-Americans and those at risk for hypertension, the disparity is even more extreme; for them, the USDA recommends just 1,500 milligrams each day.

But where does all that excess salt come from? Processed food. The sodium in everyday packaged, bottled and canned items is insidious: we have no sense that we're eating something loaded with sodium, and yet the proof is on the packaging. We've all heard before that things like canned soups and some canned meats are salt-heavy, but what about breakfast cereals, bread and even sweet drinks?

Think you can pick out the hidden salt among these common grocery items? Try out our quiz:

All photos by Raydene Salinas for The Huffington Post

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