As mindful as we try to be when it comes to healthy eating, we don't consider our salt intake as much as we should. Consuming too much sodium is linked to serious health concerns like high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, and stomach cancer. Even knowing these facts, however, reducing our salt intake is extremely difficult.
Though our bodies only need 1.15 to 2.3 grams of salt each day, we're constantly exceeding our recommended dietary allowance due to things like processed foods, restaurant meals, and common snacks that are actually harboring much more salt than we think. In regard to the latter, Women's Health recently listed some of the secretly high-sodium foods not on our radar. We're highlighting three of the most surprising so you can be more mindful next time you casually incorporate one into your diet.
Bagels: When it comes to baked goods, our worry is usually about sugar and carbohydrates. What we often don't consider is the sodium that comes along with baking soda and baking powder, which boast around 1280 milligrams and 480 milligrams per teaspoon, respectively. The ever-popular bagel averages a whopping 560 milligrams of sodium, almost a quarter of your recommended dietary allowance.
Cereal: We don't often associate sugary cereals with being bad in terms of salt, but the truth is that some cereals have even more sodium than tortilla chips. For example, a single cup of corn flakes has 270 milligrams of sodium, 12% of your recommended dietary allowance. Combine that with everything else you eat for the remainder of the day and you're almost guaranteed to exceed your recommended sodium intake.
Store-bought spaghetti sauce: Though the usual concern with pasta is the carbs, if you're topping it with store-bought sauce, you could be doing yourself a disservice in the sodium department. Jarred spaghetti sauce can have 440 milligrams of sodium, nearly 20% of your recommended dietary allowance.
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