Bread Leading Cause of Sodium in American Diet
A recent study found that bread is the leading source of sodium in America's diet.
The Center for Disease Control found that just ten foods contribute to 44 percent of the sodium consumed by Americans. Bread made up 7 percent of the daily sodium intake, followed by cold cuts, pizza, poultry, soups and sandwiches. Rounding out the top ten were cheese, pasta dishes, mixed meat fishes and savory snacks.
Americans consume roughly 1,000 more milligrams of sodium than is recommended by the CDC. A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
You would think foods like pretzels and chips would be at the top of the list. However, we tend to eat more bread than most other foods, so the sodium in each piece of bread can add up. Pretzels and chips may be saltier, but Americans tend to eat far more bread than these other foods. Not only does bread contribute to the sodium epidemic, but it is also a leading culprit of the obesity epidemic. Bread usually has between 15-20 grams of carbs in a single slice and between 100-200 mg of sodium. Cutting out a few pieces of bread a day can make a big difference in the long haul.
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