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.
While many of us focus on salad dressing calories, it turns out we are missing another crucial piece of information: the sodium content. Ranch dressing in particular was found to have 260-300 mg per serving (two tbsp) in a recent study. Blue cheese dressing, along with other fat-free and creamy options, tended to have the most sodium. Since many of us don’t pay attention to how much dressing we pour on our salads, it can be dangerously easy to consume way more than the daily sodium allotment very quickly.