5 Sodium Soaked “Health” Foods
Low-sodium foods are a great way to reduce your salt intake.
If you have concerns about blood pressure levels, you might find large amounts of salt lurking in all kinds of foods that may actually seem healthy. Here are a 5 foods that you make consider “healthy” that often contain large amounts of salt that can hurt your heart health.
1. Canned Soup: These delicious comfort foods are wonderful to warm tummies on a cold day and satisfy your need for veggies. But many canned soups on average will contain large amounts of sodium. A cup of chicken noodle soup may contain as much as 744 mg! Choose low-sodium options when it comes to canned soups and always check the label. A “healthy” option may contain less sodium than reduced-sodium varieties of some brands.
2. Sauces & Dressings: Keep your salads as healthy as you can. Topping a delicious plat of veggies and greens with a dressing that contains tons of sodium (230-500 mg per servings is average). And canned varieties of tomato sauce may be antioxidant-rich, but also probably will contain sodium levels as high as 670 mg. Choose a glass jar, or no salt added option when possible when it comes to marinara. And are you ready for this? Just a single tablespoon of soy sauce may contain 1,000 mg of sodium. Choose a vinegar and lemon juice blend instead to marinate meats.
3. Bread: Even the healthier whole wheat bread varieties that offer a good source of fiber and other nutrients may unfortunately contain added salt. This can negate the health benefits of a whole grain bread. On average, a serving (2 slices) of whole grain bread can contain a whopping 260-400 mg of sodium. This can add up quickly so check the labels and try to find a brand that contains less than 170 mg per slice which is really the maximum amount any kind should contain.
4. Cereal: Breakfast cereals that are high in fiber along with milk provide a healthy combination of fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals. That’s a great way to start the day, but you’ll need to check the labels and be careful because cereals also often contain high amounts of sodium. Check the food labels for calorie content along with sugar, and sodium contents. On average you may find approximately 170 – 280 mg per serving. This is a type of cereal to avoid, so choose shredded wheat, or rolled oats and plain oatmeal with a topping of real fruit to keep this health food truly healthy.
5. Spice Blends: Adding natural herbs and spices to your foods can greatly reduce the need for high sodium sauces. But prepackaged spice blends can contain up to 550 mg of sodium with just a few shakes. Choose the natural forms of your favorite herbs and spices to avoid this secretly high sodium sneaker.
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