Smart Woman: Hidden Sodium

Are we eating too much salt? According to the American Heart Association, the answer is "Yes." A new study put out by the A.H.a finds that 75% of the world's population consumes nearly twice the daily recommended amount of sodium. Why? Because hidden salt is everywhere.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthy American adults should be eating no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. However, study after study finds that people are eating way over that amount, and that's not good.

 Salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease and you get it from more than a salt shaker. Nutritionists say very few people read the labels when it comes to sodium content and when we do, we are so concerned about fat and calories that we forget to look at the milligrams of salt. So, be watchful of ingredients.

The C.D.C lists these foods as having shocking statistic. Watch the tomato soup, especially if it's in a can. A serving of this comfort food can pack a walloping 700 to 1,200 milligrams of sodium. You may love them, but frozen plain pizzas can also have up to half your daily limit in just one serving. Also, look at what you put on that healthy salad. Some dressings can carry up to 500 milligrams of sodium every time you visit the salad bar, even if you're fat free or lite. Any type of bread can also contain up to 200 milligrams of salt per slice.

Physicians say it's important to moderate your salt intake because the right amount of sodium is good for your insulin levels and thyroid.

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