The standard american diet already has most americans consuming over double the suggested amount of salt we should eat. As it stands, 1,500 mgs of salt is the current daily allowance we should be getting. That’s just about 2/3 teaspoon of common table salt. This has recently been decreased from 2,300 mgs by the National Academy of Sciences as well as the American Heart Association.
If you’re big on salt and are on the high end of that number, you can possibly put yourself at risk for heart attacks as well as high blood pressure. Here are a few foods that are “sneaky” with regard to salt as stated in the October 2010 issue of Prevention
McDonald’s Premium Cesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
This meal packs a whopping 890 milligrams of sodium right off the bat. That’s over half the amount of the suggested daily allowance. That’s all by itself, without the Cesar dressing. Wow….makes you think huh? With the dressing you’re looking at 500 milligrams of more sodium. It’s hard to have to look at those numbers and not be concerned. The meats in these ready made salads are the culprits says Lona Sandon, RD, asst. professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas. They soak these meats in a high sodium marinade for flavor and that also is used to keep the meat moist.
Near East Spanish Rice Pilaf
Spanish rice should be fairly harmless right? Uh, wrong! In a 2.5 oz serving of this stuff you’re getting another one two punch of sodium with a number like 910 milligrams per serving. With a suggested allowance of 1,500, where does that leave you for the rest of your day? Keep a water glass handy, your going to get mighty thirsty!
Breakstone’s Fat Free Cottage Cheese
With over 400 mgs of sodium per 4oz serving, this “healthy” food gets it’s curds from adding salt during the manufacturing process. This particular food has a fair amount of salt to begin with so your really amping up your salt quotient when you eat this food. Um, healthy food… right?
Bertolli Roasted Chicken and Linguine
Eating a serving of this will spike up your sodium level significantly, with a 1,350 mg punch of sodium, your done for the day! According to the article, it’s really not a stretch to consume both servings that come in each package which quickly takes you to very high sodium levels. It’s almost like you inhale and you get huge doses of sodium when you eat these ready to go frozen foods. That should take care of your sodium needs for 2 days!
It’s vital to good health to maintain adequate sodium levels that don’t exceed the daily recommended allowances for good blood pressure levels as well as other health issues. Becoming vigilant about high sodium in your food choices is a huge part of being successful in this regard.