5 Surprising High-Sodium Foods

FOOD  |  April 30, 2017
  • 1. Cereal
    1 / 5 1. Cereal

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    We know what you’re thinking: “But don’t they contain more sugar than salt?” Truth is, many items sold on shelves contain preservatives and sodium to prolong their shelf life.

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  • 2. Sauces
    2 / 5 2. Sauces

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    Whether it’s barbecue sauce or salad dressing, sauces are often made up of so many different ingredients, you can’t taste the saltiness in them. However, just two tablesppons of your average barbecue sauce can contain up to 300mg of sodium.

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  • 3. Baked pastries
    3 / 5 3. Baked pastries

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    From donuts to bagels, and even the croissant you love so much, baked goods tend to contain plenty of sodium.

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  • 4. Reduced sodium foods
    4 / 5 4. Reduced sodium foods

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    According to the US FDA guidelines, foods that have “reduced sodium” on them generally have 25 per cent less sodium. This might sound acceptable but it’s highly subjective, especially when you consider how an average TV dinner, like frozen pizza, contains about 1,000mg of sodium. Take 25 per cent away and its still at 750mg.

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  • 5. Frozen vegetables in sauces
    5 / 5 5. Frozen vegetables in sauces

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    Steer clear of these pre-sauced frozen veggies. They’re full of sodium. Opt for bags of individual frozen vegetables instead.

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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