Salt Shockers! 5 Foods as Sodium-Packed as Soy Sauce
You know the popular Asian dipping sauce is a salt bomb, but what about these foods?
As any bloat-minded girl knows, it’s always a good idea to ask for the low-sodium soy sauce when ordering that spicy tuna roll, as just 2 tsp of the regular kind can contain a whopping 680mg sodium. But there are other foods—many seemingly healthy—that are also surprisingly high in salt, according to Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Her recommendation: Aim for no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day (1500mg if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease). In addition to that jeans-and-rings-don’t-fit-feeling, a high-sodium diet can also increase risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, so trimming the salt from your diet is a smart move. Here are five places to start:
“This is always a shocker for our clients because they think bread doesn’t contain much salt at all,” Lakatos Shames says. “It actually has nearly the same amount of sodium as a serving of potato chips, but because the salt is on the surface of the chip it’s easier to taste, but with bread it’s baked in,” she says. Bagels are extremely high in sodium as well—some larger ones can contain nearly 700mg.