Sodium may not be something you actively think about in your food, but eating too much can impact not only your waistline, but also your overall health. Eating too much salt leaves you bloated and puffy, which means your jeans and rings may not fit quite like they used to. It can also put strain on your heart and kidneys; too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which is linked to heart disease.
The CDC recommends that people eat less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. That may seem like a lot, but it’s easy to bypass if you’re eating a lot of the foods on this list. “The largest sources of sodium are not what we are adding in through a salt shaker, but actually with what is already in the foods we eat,” Jim White, RDN, ACSM, exercise physiologist, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios, explained.
The best way to cut back on sodium intake is to eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods, and limit the following foods on this list.