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CDC Dubs Bread The #1 Source Of Sodium For Americans

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bread saltA new government report released today says that bread is the number one source of sodium in the American diet, ranking higher than even salty snacks like potato chips and pretzels. The bad news is that nine out of ten Americans are eating so much bread (and other salty foods), that they're consuming more sodium than they should; the good news is that it's not hard to cut out a lot of the top sources of sodium according to the report, including bread.

Bread may not seem like a particularly salty food, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans eat so much of it that it accounts for 7% of the sodium in our diets. But the other foods on their top ten list of sodium sources includes a lot of foods that are clearly full of sodium (and clearly not too healthy):

1. Breads and rolls
2. Cold cuts and cured meats
3. Pizza
4. Poultry
5. Soups
6. Sandwiches
7. Cheese
8. Pasta mixed dishes, like spaghetti with sauce
9. Meat mixed dishes, like meatloaf and tomato sauce
10. Salty Snacks like pretzels and chips

The daily recommended serving of sodium for adults is 2,300 milligrams per day, equal to about a teaspoon of salt. Anyone who cooks knows that's easy to surpass, but processed foods pack even more sodium than a home-cooked meal. Not surprisingly, almost everything on the list is processed. Not only is it clear why so many Americans are consuming too much sodium and landing themselves with high blood pressure, but it's also obvious how we can easily start to lower those numbers: by eating less processed food.

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