More than 40% of the sodium we eat each day comes from only 10 types of food. Many people are surprised to learn which foods are on the list because the foods do not always taste salty.

Top Sources of Sodium1

  • Breads and rolls
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Cold cuts and cured meats
  • Soups
  • Burritos and tacos
  • Savory snacks*
  • Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Eggs and Omelets

*Chips, popcorn, pretzels, snack mixes, and crackers

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for AmericansExternal recommend that Americans consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day as part of a healthy eating pattern.

Pixabay photoKnowing which foods are the biggest contributors to sodium in your diet is an important step in reducing daily sodium intake to a healthy level. To figure out the amount of sodium in a food, check the Nutrition Facts label, which lists sodium content per serving. Sodium content is listed in milligrams (mg).

Sodium Adds Up Quickly

Here is a sample diet of 3 meals and 3 small snacks, providing a total sodium content of more than 3,200 mg. That’s much higher than the levels recommended in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for AmericansExternal.2

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