According to the Centers for Disease Control, the majority of Americans consume too much salt in their diet. The report says that 9 out of 10 people ages 2 and older eat more than the recommended amount of sodium each day.
For the average person with no health conditions or risk factors, the recommended limit is 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. On the other hand, those people with high blood pressure and other risk factors should only have 1,500 milligrams per day.
Here are 10 sources of sodium in our diets that account for 44 percent of all the sodium we eat all day:
• Breads and rolls
• Luncheon meats
• Cheeseburgers and other sandwiches
• Pasta Dishes
• Meat Dishes
• Snack Foods (chips and pretzels)
Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods that you eat every day, including meats, nuts, grains, and dairy. These can all be considered part of a healthy diet. However, the average American consumes about 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, not including additional salt they add to their food during meals. Eating a diet lower in processed foods, but high in fruits and veggies will help keep those sodium levels in check.