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Did You Know?: Still Too Much Salt

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Air date: December 14, 2008


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Did you Know? is presented by Wishard Health Services, becoming Eskenazi Health in 2014.

That's right, it takes more than avoiding obviously salty foods to keep your salt intake low.

Thatís according to a recent Consumer Reports study. It found that salt lurks in some pretty unexpected places. For example, a half-cup of low fat cottage cheese has double the sodium of a 1-ounce serving of potato chips.

Even so-called "heart healthy" foods often have a lot of salt. A half-cup of Pregoís Heart Smart Traditional Italian Sauce has 430 milligrams, which is pushing the boundaries of what the USDA abides in foods with a "healthy" label.

In general, most processed foods -- especially those labeled "low fat" -- contain a heavy sodium load. And many restaurant dishes are also steeped with salt.

If youíre relatively healthy, nutrition guidelines say that adults should eat no more than 2300 milligrams of salt a day. If you have high blood pressure, the limit is 1500 milligrams. But eating lots of processed foods, and eating out, can easily put you over the limit.

And now you know.