If you're trying to cut back on sodium, stay clear of these!
Sodium does the body good, in moderation, but scarfing down salty food past the governments suggested 2,300 mg of salt per day could lead to increased risk for stroke and heart attack.
Remember, salt isn't just creeping your diet from the shaker either and here are a few surprising products high in sodium that should be monitored.
Breakfast cereals "are more concentrated in salt than 50 to 60 percent of the items in the salty snack aisle," says Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale's Prevention Research Center.
Chocolate milk has an average of 150 mg of salt, which is almost has much as the calorie count!
Flavored rice is pretty much flavored with salt. Your much better off making your own rice and seasoning it. A single serving of one brand of heat-and-eat rice has 770 mg of sodium per one cup. Yikes!
Salad dressing, although perceived as a healthy condiment much of the time, can hide 350 mg of sodium into a two-tablespoon serving.
Similarly to salad dressing, ketchup has about 150 mg of sodium per ONE TABLESPOON!
Breakfast pastries can have 200 mg of salt per pastry. Dr. Katz says sweet foods shouldn't be adding to your daily sodium count. He asks, "If deserts or sweet foods are pulling up your daily salt intake, what's bringing it down?"
Wheat crackers are a good substitute for chips calorie-wise, but still pack in more than 340 mg of sodium (plus the cheese if you're making cheese and crackers).
Cottage cheese might be the biggest shocker of all considering certain brands may have more than 400 mg of sodium in a single serving!
Based on the average 2000 calorie diet, it is recommended to be looking for foods with a 1:1 ratio of sodium to calories because of the government recommended sodium intake.
If the food has more sodium than calories, it might be a good idea to keep a safe distance and use it sparingly.