Sodium and the American Diet

Sodium is a serious problem in the American diet today. MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and lots of others all have concluded that most Americans need to reduce their sodium intake.

Of course, that’s easier said than done.

Sodium is hiding everywhere. Shocking amounts of it are in restaurant and frozen foods, while many packaged and canned foods have tons of sodium as well. The first step towards reducing sodium intake is learning about which foods have what levels.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans Sodium Intake Chart

That’s where this chart comes in. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the top 3 sources of sodium in the American diet* are yeast breads, chicken and chicken mixed dishes, and pizza. Let’s take a look at a few forms of each food and see if we can figure out which ones are high in sodium and which are not.

Sodium Chart

Check back on Monday October 19th for 5 tips to reduce sodium intake!

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