Foods loaded with sodium can wreak havoc on your health. Studies have shown that excess intake of sodium rich diet not only increase your blood pressure by putting strain on your heart and blood vessels but also increases your risk of cardiovascular health issues.
The American Heart Association and NIH recommend no more than 2400mg of sodium daily, that’s about a teaspoon of salt. Eating too many salty foods, soft drinks (which contain sodium), can affect your health. If sodium intake is a concern for you, here are few high sodium foods you need to avoid.
Breakfast cereals and other processed foods contain high amount of sodium. One cup of cornflakes can have more than 200 mg of sodium per serving. Make sure to check out the nutrition facts label. In order to cut down your sodium intake, mix half of your cereal with half of a salt free choice including puffed rice and wheat.
Sauces also contain salts like sodium in them. Try looking for sauces with “no salt added” label or try home cooked sauce.
Canned Vegetables and Soups
Canned vegetables often have preservatives and sauces that could add extra sodium. Check labels for “no salt added” or low sodium or rinse canned veggies thoroughly with fresh water. Canned vegetable juices might sound healthy and can help you get veggies you need a day but they can have a lot of sodium. Best way to enjoy vegetable juice is to squeeze your own fresh vegetable juice.Excess intake of soups can be unhealthy as they are loaded with salt. A cup of canned chicken soup can have around 800mg of sodium in it. Either make soup from fresh vegetables or look for reduced sodium versions of your favorite soups.
Nuts have potential health benefits. But salted nuts are not that healthy. An ounce of dry roasted packed nuts might have about 100mgs of sodium. Opt for healthy unsalted variety, which are sodium free.
Frozen meals, though quick and easy to cook, contain up to 1,800 mg of sodium, enough to put you over the daily sodium intake limit. Excess sodium in your body can cause fluid retention and could result in excess bloating and high blood pressure.