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Where Does Salt Lurk?

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Where Does Salt Lurk?

Salt lurks in food. So, World #SaltAwarenessWeek on March 4-10 is a good time to become a salt detective.

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Discover how these processed, packaged and restaurant foods may camouflage salt:

  • Bread: Each slice can contain up to 230 milligrams (mg) of sodium. Double or triple that number if you’re eating a ham sandwich. 
  • Pizza: The crust is made of bread. Add toppings to that, and your salt level soars.
  • Processed lunch meat: Salt is added as a preservative.
  • Soup: Canned soup can be a popular hiding place for salt. Shop for low sodium options.
  • Burritos and tacos: Steer clear of the pre-made kits.
  • Chicken: It depends on the seasoning. Hint: Most seasoning packets contain lots of salt.

The average American adult consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium per day — more than the 2,300 mg (about 1 teaspoon of salt) limit that the American Heart Association recommends. For nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults, the maximum sodium intake recommendation is even lower — 1,500 mg/day — based on age, race or ethnicity, or existing high blood pressure.

So learn how much salt is in food. Yes, you can continue to eat the foods you love. But be sure to make allowances throughout the day. (For example, when you eat pizza, go easy on the toppings.)

How will you adjust your salt intake during World Salt Awareness Week?

Tell @American_Heart how you’ll adjust your salt intake this week using #SaltAwarenessWeek.