Just because something doesn't taste salty doesn't mean it isn't. Sure, we know BBQ chicken wings and french fries are full of it, but there are some foods on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) list of top sources of sodium that will shock you.
World Salt Awareness Week may be coming to an end, but it's important to watch our sodium intake year-round. And that doesn't just mean keeping your hands off the salt shaker — nearly 75 percent of Americans' sodium comes from added salt in processed and restaurant foods, according to the American Heart Association. Eating too much salt forces your heart to work harder and increases your blood pressure. It can also put you at a higher risk for heart disease, heart failure, stomach cancer, kidney disease, stroke, and osteoporosis.
Our bodies do need salt to function, but not nearly as much as most of us consume on a daily basis. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends keeping your sodium intake under 2,300 mg per day.
The 10 types of food on the list below are responsible for more than 40 percent of all the sodium we eat in a given day, according to the CDC. Sound exaggerated? Consider this: That egg and cheese sandwich you had for breakfast? 760 mg. The veggie soup and sandwich lunch combo that had you feeling pretty healthy? A whopping 1,450 mg. By the time you add in your spaghetti dinner and some snacks, you've easily gone over 3,000 mg.
To keep your sodium intake well below the recommended amount, limit the items on this list and/or find low- to no-sodium alternatives.