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Top 10 salty foods that Americans eat

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Just 10 types of food account for nearly half of the nation's excessive sodium intake, government researchers found.

About 44% of America's mean daily salt consumption -- almost 3,300 mg -- comes from these 10 foods.

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  1. bread and rolls (7.4%)
  2. cold cuts/cured meats (5.1%)
  3. pizza (4.9%)
  4. fresh and processed poultry (4.5%)
  5. soups (4.3%)
  6. sandwiches like cheeseburgers (4.0%)
  7. cheese (3.8%)
  8. pasta mixed dishes (e.g., spaghetti with meat sauce) (3.3%)
  9. meat mixed dishes (e.g., meat loaf with tomato sauce) (3.2%)
  10. savory snacks (e.g., chips and pretzels) (3.1%)

There were some variations among populations (e.g. small children, ethnic groups), but the five leading food categories contributing to salt intake almost always were among the top 10 ranked categories. Exceptions included frankfurters and sausages, which were the third highest contributor among children aged 2–5 years (5.4% of sodium consumption) and the fifth highest among non-Hispanic blacks (5.0%). Among Mexican-Americans, burritos, tacos, and tamales were the top contributor (6.8%), and tortillas were the fifth contributor (4.7%).

Too much salt contributes to health conditions such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and stoke. It is recommended that we use lemon, curcumin, tumeric, and other spices to add flavor to food. These other spices can contribute antioxidants and other beneficial compounds to your meal that can improve your health rather than harm it.



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