5 Surprising Foods that are High in Sodium


Sliced bread is what makes most of our lunches possible, but bread isn't salty, is it?

Most commercial bread has more than 100 mg of sodium per slice, and many rolls, specialty breads, bagels and muffins have as much as 300 to 400 mg. So how can bread-heads satisfy their addictions without overdosing on sodium?

Look for low-sodium substitutes. You can do your body right by choosing a bread that's whole-grain, low-sodium and produced without excess sugars or fats.

Mix it up in the mornings with a breakfast that's less bread-intensive (sans toast, waffles, pancakes, muffins and bagels). At lunch, make your sandwich a regular two-slicer instead of a three-slice club.

Continue reading for lots more information on high-sodium foods.

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