Health authorities tell us we eat too much salt - on average twice as much as we need. Just 10 types of food contain almost half the salt were consuming. What are they?
We eat about 3,400 mg of sodium per day. According to Health Canada, this is more than double the amount we need—between 1,000 and 1,500 mg per day. Where does all this salt come from?
A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the sources of dietary sodium consumption (in the US) by food categories. The study shows that the top 10-ranked food categories contributed 44 percent of the salt consumption.
Most of the sodium was in foods bought at stores (supermarkets, convenience stores, or other stores), but 25 percent came from restaurants where the food tended to have more sodium per calorie compared to the store-bought food.
The top 10
Skipping the salt