5 Healthy Foods with Shocking Amounts of Sodium

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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


Cottage Cheese

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.


Salad Dressing

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.


Veggie Burgers

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.

1 Comment

  • Morton Satin

    This article is poor advice. The people in the Mediterranean eat all these foods in abundance and have the best health outcomes. In fact, if anyone took the trouble to look, they will find that all those countries that consume salt ABOVE the current recommended levels (see most recent publication in British Medical Journal Open by Powles et al) have a much longer life expectancy than those few countries that consume salt at the recommended levels. In fact there is a twelve year higher life expectancy for those that consume salt well above the recommended levels. Which group would you prefer to be in?

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