Today I Learned...
- Too much salt can lead to health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease
- If you don't keep track of how much sodium you're consuming, it can be easy to exceed your daily limit by accident
- Pay more attention to the labels on products and read ingredient lists carefully before buying them!
alt is a necessary part of our diet. It helps with digestion and electrolyte balance, and it adds flavor to food. But too much salt can lead to health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease. It is important to be aware of the amount of salt in your diet.
Here are some less obvious sources to watch out for:
Bread with yeast
Bread made with yeast has been found to have up to twice as much sodium as bread without yeast. This isn't just because the dough requires more time and effort to mix; it's also because the yeast itself contains sodium. The more time the dough spends rising, the more time it has to absorb additional salt from its environment.
And that's not all: Yeast is also used in other baked goods like rolls, cookies and cakes.
Cheese is a highly-processed food, which means that it is loaded with sodium. In fact, a single slice of cheddar cheese contains an entire day's worth of sodium! That's why it's important to check the nutritional label when you buy cheese and make sure the sodium content is low.
Canned vegetables and soups
Most canned vegetables have added salt to enhance flavor and preserve freshness. Look for low-sodium versions or make your own homemade versions instead!
The same goes for canned soups—many contain high levels of sodium from natural ingredients like mushrooms or celery that already have lots of natural sodium content.
Pizza is more than just a delicious food. It's also a source of hidden salt. Sometimes you don't even realize how much salt is in your pizza until it's too late—and you're feeling bloated and tired.
So what can you do? Here are some easy ways to cut back on the sodium-rich topping:
1. Choose fresh toppings over processed ones like pepperoni or sausage.
2. Use a low-sodium tomato sauce (or make your own with canned tomatoes and fresh herbs).
3. Limit your cheese intake by using small amounts of high-quality cheeses like Parmesan, feta, or goat cheese instead of copious amounts of mozzarella or cheddar cheese.
Soy sauce, barbecue sauce, and ketchup all contain a lot of salt and may not be the most obvious culprits when it comes to hidden salt. If you're watching your sodium intake, look at the nutrition label: if it has more than 1g per serving, you should scale back.
Cold cuts and cured meats
You might be surprised to learn that lunch meat can contain up to 1,000 milligrams of sodium per serving! If you're trying to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet, this is an area where you should make some changes. For example, look for brands with lower sodium levels (less than 400 mg per serving) or no added nitrates/nitrites at all.
Dried fruit is another food often high in salt so look out for brands without added sweeteners or salts!
We all know that we should eat less salt.
But if you don't keep track of how much sodium you're consuming, it can be easy to exceed your daily limit by accident.
To make sure that doesn't happen, start paying more attention to the labels on products and reading ingredient lists carefully before buying them!