Blame breads for high salt intake

Nine out of 10 American adults consume too much salt and the leading culprit is not potato chips or popcorn but slices of bread and dinner rolls, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.

Forty-four percent of salt consumed can be linked to 10 types of foods, CDC said. Bread and rolls lead the list followed by cold cuts and cured meat, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks such as pretzels and potato chips. Bread may not have much salt in a single serving, but when eaten several times a day can raise daily salt intake . A single slice of white bread could contain 230 mg of salt, according to the CDC. High salt intake can raise blood pressure, leading to heart disease and stroke.

The average American consumes 3,266 mg of salt daily, not counting salt added at the table, which is far above the recommended 2,300 mg, the CDC said. Even foods that seem healthy such as cottage cheese may be high in salt, the agency reported.

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