If you’re trying to cutback the amount of sodium in your diet, federal health officials have a list of foods for you to consider restricting.
The latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 10 types of food account for more than 40 percent of the sodium people consume daily.
Federal guidelines call for most people to limit their intake to 2,300 milligrams per day. But for many – those older than 51, African Americans and anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease – the limit is 1,500 milligrams. As many nutritionists will tell you, it’s doesn’t take much to reach that figure. In fact, the average person consumes about 3,300 milligrams of sodium each day, according to the report.
Here are 10 common sources of sodium:
- Breads and rolls
- Deli meats
- Pasta dishes
- Meat dishes
- Snacks such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn
Controlling how much sodium you consume each day can help lower your blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, federal health authorities wrote in a CDC press release.
“These diseases kill more than 800,000 Americans each year and contribute an estimated $273 billion in health care costs,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden.
The CDC offers these tips to help people reduce their sodium intake: eat fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables without sauce, limit processed foods with added sodium and check grocery food labels.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vital Signs report
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