CDC Sodium Dietary Guidelines
The sodium that we eat is most commonly found in table salt. While our body needs a small amount of sodium to function, too much sodium can be bad for your health. Eating too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure, which can cause stroke and heart disease.
Sodium is hidden in processed food as well as many restaurant meals. When changing your habits, remember to look carefully at the salt content of your snacks and meals to avoid consuming too much sodium.
Some unexpected foods that have hidden sodium are:
- Processed chicken
- Breakfast Cereals
- Salad dressing
- Crackers, pretzels, and salted nuts
- Condiments such as pickles, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and ketchup.
TIP: Eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy will help lower the sodium in your diet. Too much sodium can increase your blood pressure and negatively affects many organs throughout your body.