Find out which foods have secret salts lurking within them.
While we all know to avoid certain salty foods like pickles, pretzels, and store-bought soups, it turns out that there are tons of foods with hidden sodium that we’d never suspect. According to the CDC, the average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium daily, while the American Heart Association suggests consuming less than 2,300 mg of sodium, with the ideal limit being 1,500 mg. Over 75% of our daily salt intake actually comes from hidden salts in packaged foods. With the help of Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Assistant Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, we are going to uncover the top five secret salt bombs you need to know about.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
While boneless chicken breast sounds like a healthy and sensible choice, it can be extremely high in sodium. Drumsticks can have nearly 100 mg of sodium, split breasts have 70 mg, and thighs can have 120 mg depending on the brand. When buying chicken at the grocery store, take time to look at the label to ensure you aren’t buying a secret salt bomb for dinner.