5 Healthy Foods with Shocking Amounts of Sodium
For those watching their sodium intake, it’s not always easy to know where the salt is hiding. Even foods that taste sweet can be loaded with hidden sodium. In today’s Get the Skinny, Molly has 5 healthy foods with more salt than a bag of potato chips!
- USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend <2300 mg sodium/day; and <1500 mg daily for those at risk for hypertension
- Sodium isn’t always a bad thing: People who lose large amounts of salt through exercise or work in the heat may benefit from adding extra salt to their diets
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Pita bread like Kontos’ Whole Wheat Pocket-Less Pita can have more than 500 mg sodium per pita!
Salt-busting solution: Compare labels, since other varieties have as little as 130 mg per pita
It’s rich in protein and calcium, but just half a cup of cottage cheese can pack in 400 mg sodium
Salt-busting solution: Opt for cottage cheese labeled as “low sodium” or try plain lowfat Greek yogurt, which has less than 50 mg sodium per half cup.
Many dressings that are low in calories & low in sugar are high in sodium, like Newman’s Own Lite Balsamic Dressing can have 350+ mg sodium in just two tablespoons.
Salt-busting solution: Compare labels; many brands are low in sugar and calories, with less than 100 mg sodium per serving.
Whole Grain Cereal
A cup of low-sugar whole grain cereal + milk can easily top 400 mg sodium
Salt-busting solution: look for brands like Kashi Go Lean and Whole Foods 365 Fiber & Protein cereal with 80-90 mg sodium per serving.
A single Garden Burger Original Veggie Burger has 490 mg sodium.
Salt-busting solution: Switch brands. Morningstar Farms Grillers Original, for example, has 260 mg sodium, and the added bonus of more protein.