Sodium intake levels have been steadily increasing over the past few decades, and it’s in no small part thanks to rising rates of sodium content in many processed food products found in almost any grocery store. While some foods (French fries, preserved meats, chips, microwave popcorn) seem like obvious contenders for high sodium rates, there are some foods out there that you would never expect to have high amounts of sodium…yet they do. Here are 4 of the most surprising salty foods out there; you may have at least one or two of these incredibly common items in your pantry right now.
Yes, this kitchen staple is often a significant source of sodium in your daily diet, whether you realize it or not. The average slice of white bread contains anywhere from 80 to 230 milligrams of sodium – and that’s just the content of one slice. Be sure to check the nutrition facts before accidentally buying super salty bread.
It’s certainly tempting to stock up on marinara and other tomato-based canned sauces in an attempt to make cooking quicker and easier, but this habit can be adding more sodium to your diet than you need. It turns out that just one cup of tomato sauce tends to fill your entire recommended sodium intake for one day. To prevent this from becoming a real problem, study the labels very carefully, or make your own sauce at home using fresh and real ingredients.
Blended Coffee Drinks
You can probably guess that these drinks are loaded with unnecessarily high levels of sugar and fat, but they are also brimming with large amounts of sodium as well, strange as it sounds. Lattes and cappuccinos tend to contain large quantities of sodium, as do coffee drinks that are blended with chocolate or caramel sauces or flavorings. A good rule to keep in mind is that the less ingredients there are, the less sodium there tends to be.
You probably already saw this coming, but it bears repeating. Soups that are high in sodium content tend to make us feel fuller sooner, on less actual nutritious content. While this may be a good technique for people who are trying to cut back on the amount of food they eat, it’s not so great for anyone who is trying to limit their sodium intake. If you’re going to still buy your soup from a store, check for low sodium labels.
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