5 Foods that have more sodium than chips


5 foods that have more sodium than chips

Your body needs sodium—but there’s no denying that most of

us are getting way too much of it. According to recent stats from the American

Heart Association, the average daily sodium intake in this country is 3,600

milligrams—more than double the Association’s recommendation of 1,500

milligrams max. But avoiding clear offenders like salted nuts and potato chips

may not be enough to bring you down into the recommended range since there are

so many sneaky salt bombs out there. Just look at these seemingly healthful

foods—they all contain more than 255 milligrams of sodium, which is the amount

you’ll find in a 1 ½-ounce bag of Lays Classic Potato Chips.  Remember all

products are commercially prepared and do not confused sodium with salt.

1/2 Cup Nonfat Cottage Cheese

This packs a surprising 270 milligrams of sodium—and if you’re not careful,

it’s easy to eat more than ½ cup and really overdo it with the salty


A 6 1/2″ Whole-Wheat Pita 

Pitas come with a health halo—especially when they’re whole-wheat—and they can

be a good source of fiber. But they also come with a heavy dose of sodium: 284

milligrams in just one pocket.

2 Tbsp Reduced-Fat Italian Salad Dressing

Yup, you can take in more sodium in 2 Tbsp of your salad topper than in an

entire bag of chips: This variety is loaded with 260 mg per serving—although

plenty of other types of salad dressing pack just as much.

Veggie Burger

While the exact stats will of course vary from brand to

brand, the USDA says that one store-bought veggie burger patty tends to come in

around 398 milligrams of sodium—and that’s before you even consider all of the

salt in the bun (many types of bread are just as salty as pitas, if not more


1/2 Cup Canned Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce has its virtues—it contains lycopene, for example, a carotenoid

that research has linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and certain types

of cancer. But you have to eat it in moderation since each ½-cup serving packs

a shocking 642 milligrams of sodium.


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