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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – The American Heart Association has released a new list of foods for Americans to stay away because they are too salty.
The AHA came out with the “salty six,” a list of the most common foods in diets that have excess sodium, according to CBS News. The foods include breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup, and sandwiches.
“Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we’re adding to our food and more to do with what’s already in the food,” Dr. Linda Van Horn, a research nutritionist at Northwestern University, said in a press release. “The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need, but there are ways to improve their sodium intake under control.”
It has been said that dining out can be diet-unfriendly, but CBS News reports that many restaurant chains have increased their healthy, low-calorie options.
“You just have to know what and how to order,” Cynthia Sass, RD, author of “S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches,” told CBS News.
The U.S. dietary guidelines recommend you should have no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, while the AHA recommends only 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says too much sodium can raise blood pressure, which can lead to a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.
It’s not only adults. CBS News reports that the CDC found that children in America consume about 1,000 milligrams more of salt than they should per day.
Those CDC findings were published in an online issue of Pediatrics.