A diet high in sodium can be very detrimental to anyone. Diets high in sodium have been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and decreased life span.
Currently, the recommended daily amount of sodium is 2,300 mg per day for the average consumer. Unfortunately, a new study found most adults consume 3,400 mg of sodium. This is much more than the recommended amount.
Many individuals do not believe they consume much sodium because their foods may not taste salty. However, sodium is found in many foods that do not even taste salty. For instance, baked goods, meats, and grains have a good amount of sodium despite not tasting salty. Restaurant food, frozen food, and grains are some of the highest contributors to sodium in the average American diet.
Food #1: Deli Meats
A lot of people know better than placing the salt shaker on the table. However, it is the sneaky hidden sources of sodium which tend to get people into trouble.
A deli meat sandwich is an easy quick meal that many people rely on for lunch. One piece of deli ham can have over 300 mg. And as one serving of deli meat is 3 oz., which is around 4 slices, the amount of sodium can really add up. In addition, a deli sandwich will usually comprise of a spread, such as mayonnaise or mustard, which can also add up the sodium amount. To avoid the high sodium content, choose fresh chicken or fish in a sandwich.