High Sodium Foods
Surprisingly Salty Foods
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Danger: Hidden Salt
Salt is calorie-free, all natural, and you need about 180-500 mg a day for your nerves and muscles to function properly. But too much sodium increases your risk of developing serious issues like osteoporosis, kidney stones, or gastric ulcers. (Search: Read more about the risks of too much sodium) And excess sodium is the chief cause of high blood pressure, which affects one in three U.S. adults.
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Okay, so put down the salt shaker and you should be fine, right? It's a little trickier than that. Often, sodium is added during the production process—to help age cheese, tenderize meat, make dough less sticky—and the food's other flavors mask its taste. In fact, you may be surprised by some of the saltiest foods out there. Here are some of the worst offenders.
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