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Salt in Packaged Foods

by Berkeley Wellness  

Some foods that pack a hefty dose of sodium don't even taste salty, as you'll see in this list. Use it to help you reduce your daily sodium load, which should be below 2,300 milligrams a day or 1,500 milligrams a day, depending on your age and ethnicity. The sodium levels listed here are averages, based on USDA data and other sources. Products vary widely, so always check labels. Foods are listed in descending order of sodium.

Product / milligrams of sodium

Salt, 1 tsp / 2325 mg

Whopper with cheese / 1450 mg

Anchovies, canned, 1 oz / 1040 mg

Pasta sauce, canned, 1 cup / 1025 mg

Broth/bouillon, 1 packet / 1020 mg

Soy sauce, 1 Tbsp / 900 mg

Pretzels, 2 oz / 820 mg

Salami, 2 oz / 820 mg

Cottage cheese, 1 cup / 800 mg

Sauerkraut, 1/2 cup / 780 mg

Ham, 2 oz / 740 mg

Herring, pickled, 3 oz / 740 mg

Smoked salmon, 3 oz /670 mg

Tomato juice, 1 cup / 650 mg

Chicken McNuggets, 6 / 600 mg

Pickle, 2 oz / 570 mg

Bacon, 3 strips / 550 mg

Beef/pork hot dog / 500 mg

Italian dressing, 2 Tbsp / 480 mg

Frozen waffles, 2 / 480 mg

Peanuts, salted, 2 oz / 460 mg

Croissant, 2 oz / 425 mg

American cheese, 1 oz / 420 mg

Beans, canned, 1/2 cup / 400 mg

Bagel, plain, 3 oz / 400 mg

Tuna, canned, 3 oz / 310 mg

Bran flakes, 1 cup / 300 mg

Chocolate cake, 3 oz / 300 mg

Corn, canned, 1/2 cup / 285 mg