Would You Like Your Life Salted, Or Unsalted?

Salt has been branded as the scourge of our good health. The problem is not the salt you add to food. The problem is the salt that is already in food — and you may not even realize it. Think of it as hidden salt. In fact, most of the salt we consume we never see. It’s found in packaged, processed and restaurant foods. While sodium is an essential mineral that helps the body maintain fluid balance, too much salt raises your risk of high blood pressure and that, in turn, increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. Processed foods that contain high amounts of salt may also boost your risk for certain types of cancer. “Most Americans are consuming too much salt, and it’s coming from a lot of commonly consumed foods,” explains Zerleen Quader, an analyst with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA and lead author of this study to determine which foods have the most salt. If you want to reduce your salt intake, you absolutely must know the hidden sources. The CDC found that 44 percent of our salt intake comes from these 10 foods.

  1. Bread made with yeast
  2. Pizza
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Cold cuts and cured meats
  5. Soup
  6. Burritos and tacos
  7. Salted snacks
  8. Fresh chicken
  9. Cheese
  10. Eggs and omelets

***So in other words, everything you like.

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