Harvard Heart Letter

Everyday foods are top sources of sodium

If you are trying to keep a lid on your sodium (salt) intake, keep an eye on everyday foods. Bread, cold cuts, pizza, and poultry were the four leading sources of sodium in the American diet in 2007–2008, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bread and rolls usually don't taste salty. But since we eat them so often, a hundred milligrams here and another hundred there add up.

The report highlights again that most of the sodium we get is hidden—almost two-thirds of it came from food bought in stores, and one-quarter came from restaurant food (including fast-food shops and pizza places).

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