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.
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.