The new study included packaged foods like pizza, packaged meals and cold cuts.
The experts say that consuming an excessive amount of salt can lead to serious health problems, like high blood pressure, which is the main cause of heart disease and stroke.
Linda Schieb, epidemiologist in the department of heart disease and stroke prevention at CDC and one of the researchers who conducted the study, explained that her team analyzed packaged foods that are found in grocery stores.
According to the results of the analysis, more than 50% of the packaged foods from the grocery store exceeded FDA’s guidelines of salt content.
The researchers used data from 52 markets located in three of the nine United States census districts.
Half of United States was represented in the study, except for stores like Walmart and warehouse clubs.
The study revealed that 70% of the products, including pizzas, pasta mixed dishes and meat mixed dishes exceed the FDA’s approved sodium content.
Also, the research showed that 50 to 70% of the soups, cold cuts, and sandwiches were not in conformity with what the FDA approved as the recommended daily salt intake.
According to the researchers, there were some foods that followed FDA’s guidelines, and those foods were savory snack, bread and cheese.
Schieb explained that most of our salt intake comes from processed and restaurant food. She recommends that we read the labels before buying the products and choose the foods that that have a lower sodium content.
For healthy people, the recommended daily sodium intake is 2,300 mg. The experts say that the most efficient way to avoid consuming too much salt is by having a diverse diet. Instead of eating two sandwiches, we can add a fresh fruit like an apple or a banana.
Also, the nutritionists advise people to eat at home because we are in charge of preparing the food and we can avoid sprinkling too much salt on the fries.
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