What 90% of us do that could increase our heart attack risk

According to the CDC, nine out of ten adults  are getting too much sodium in their diet,  which could increase blood pressure and risk for heart attack and stroke.

U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that about half of all Americans—people 51 years old and over, African Americans and those who have other risk factors, consume no more that 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day while the rest of the population limit their daily sodium intake to 2,300.

The average American gets far more—3,300 milligrams, not including salt added at the table.

What's more, ninety percent of our daily sodium intake comes from processed foods and restaurant foods. And forty-forty percent comes from just ten types of foods.

Some of these foods may surprise you. They certainly did us. Here they are:

1.Breads and rolls

2.Luncheon meat such as deli ham or turkey



5. Soups

6.Cheeseburgers and other sandwiches


8.Pasta dishes

9. Meat dishes such as meatloaf

10. Snack foods such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn

Bottom line:  To curb your sodium intake, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, read food labels and ask about low sodium options in restaurants.

For more information about shaking the salt habit along with some easy recipes, check out my low sodium story in today’s Sun-Times Food section.

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