The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report on the foods responsible for a whopping 44 percent of the sodium we consume on a daily basis. And surprisingly, bread and rolls were the one's discovered with the highest salt content, accounting for more than twice the amount of sodium found in potato chips and pretzels. The AP reports:
Breads and rolls aren't really saltier than many of the other foods, but people tend to eat a lot of them, said Mary Cogswell, a CDC senior scientist who co-authored the report.
Salt is the main source of sodium for most people, and sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Health officials say most Americans get too much salt, mostly from processed and restaurant foods - not added from the salt shaker.
Experts have known that the sodium in breads and certain other foods can add up, but even CDC officials were amazed that just 10 foods are responsible for 44 percent of the sodium consumed.
Additionally, the report revealed that average sodium consumption in the U.S. is around 3,300 milligrams, which is significantly higher than the 2,300 milligrams of sodium (one teaspoon) a
day recommended by dietary guidelines. Only 1 in 10 Americans meet the teaspoon guideline.