The Salty Six Infographic
Did you know? These six popular foods can add high levels of sodium to your diet.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mgs) a day and an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.
When you see the Heart-Check mark on a product, you know the food has been certified to meet the nutritional criteria for heart-healthy foods, including sodium.
- Breads and Rolls: – Some foods that you eat several times a day, such as bread, add up to a lot of sodium even though each serving may not seem high in sodium. Check labels to find lower-sodium varieties.
- Pizza: A slice of pizza with several toppings can contain more than half of your daily recommended dietary sodium. Limit the cheese and add more veggies to your next slice.
- Sandwiches: A sandwich or burger from a fast food restaurant can contain more than 100 percent of you daily suggested dietary sodium, Try half a sandwich with a side salad (with low-sodium dressing) instead.
- Cold Cuts and Cured Meats: One 2 oz. serving, or 6 thin slices, of deli meat can contain as much as half of your daily recommended dietary sodium. Look for lower-sodium varieties of your favorite lunch meats.
- Soup: Sodium in one cup of canned soup can range from 100 to as much as 940 milligrams – more than half your daily recommended intake. Check the labels to find lower sodium varieties.
- Burritos and Tacos: Taco toppings and burrito fillings can pack a big sodium punch. Choose burritos and tacos that are full of veggies and have less meat and cheese.
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