7 Foods That Have Way Too Much Sodium

Fad diets may come and go but limiting sodium intake is a constant when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, contrary to what marketing efforts may lead you to believe, the food industry is in business for the sole purpose of making money and because words like “natural” and “skinny” are loosely regulated, it’s easy to be led astray. In fact, there are a number of foods high in salt that don’t even taste salty! Why? Because no one wants their baked goods tasting salty, so the answer is to cover the taste with, in most cases, even more sugar. Don’t fall victim to America’s poorly regulated food system; check food labels next time you consider throwing these seven items in your supermarket cart.

1. Bagels


Bagel with cream cheese | Source: iStock


Even if you’re not on a low-carb diet, you might want to reconsider New York’s signature dough or at the very least, opt for a flagel. A plain bagel has an average of about 500 milligrams of sodium (or about a quarter of what the average person should consume in a day). And that’s just for the plain kind! Egg, cheese, and everything bagels are just a few of the other varieties that pack even more salt — and that’s before your salty schmear of cream cheese.

2. Baked goods

If you’re concerned about your overall health — as we all should be — pick up a copy of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. In it, you’ll find a detailed account about how packaged baked goods — including cookies, cakes, pastries, and doughnuts — are not only packed with the obvious things most of us want to curtail (sugar and carbs), but they’re also loaded with salt. Not only is salt added to entice taste buds to crave more of these unhealthy foods, but it’s often used as a cheap preservative.