Did You Know?: Still Too Much Salt
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.