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5 Surprising Foods that are High in Sodium


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Condiments
The condiments we pour onto burgers, fries and all sorts of sandwiches may contain more sodium than our actual meal.
The condiments we pour onto burgers, fries and all sorts of sandwiches may contain more sodium than our actual meal.
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Once you've selected healthy food that's low in sodium, you'd think you'd be out of the woods, but you'd be wrong. Because once you sit down to eat your healthy selection, you'll likely add a little extra. And that's often how sodium winds up on your plate, despite your best efforts.

Condiments -- such as ketchup, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce -- can pack a surprising sodium punch:

  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce: 690 mg
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce: 1,000 mg
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce: 600 mg
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup: 178 mg
  • 1/4 cup cocktail sauce: 69 mg

Look for low-sodium condiments, and try to switch to lemon juice or vinegar for flavor when you can. Choose low-salt and no-salt pasta sauces, and your blood pressure will thank you.

Next up, those cans may be convenient, but they pack a salty punch.


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