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The American Heart Association has revealed six common foods that are major sources of salt in our diets. US dietary guidelines

advises people to take no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, while AHA urges an even lower amount, 1,500 milligrams. However, a recent survey from AHA found that most Americans average about 3,400 milligrams each day, mostly from processed and restaurant foods. That could potentially raise blood pressure, thus increasing risk for stroke and heart disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

1. Bread and rolls – One piece of bread can have as much as 230 mg of sodium that adds up quickly if bread consumed at every meal.

2. Old cuts and cured meats – Cured meats have lot of sodium, and a serving of deli or pre-packaged turkey can have as much as 1,050 mg of sodium.

3. Pizza – One slice can have up to 760 mg of sodium.

4. Poultry – Frozen breaded chicken nuggets contain about 600 mg of salt, while even packaged raw chicken often contains added sodium.

5. Soup – A bowl of soup warms contains around 940 mg of sodium.

6. Sandwiches- Combining breads with cured meats and cheeses ups the sodium level in a sandwich, especially if salt-heavy condiments like mustard and ketchup are added.

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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