Sneaky Sodium

Sodium can be found in all kinds of foods, from cheese to bread to canned goods and more.   Many Americans consume too much sodium. Knowing which foods can contribute to sodium in your diet, and how to read a label, is an important step in adjusting your diet to fit a healthier lifestyle.

Sources of Sodium

We often think of sodium as adding that salty flavor to foods, but salty foods do not always contain the most sodium.

Sodium can be found in:

  • deli meats
  • cheeses
  • preserved foods like bacon or pickles
  • processed snack foods
  • frozen dinners
  • convenience foods
  • canned and frozen vegetables
  • condiments
  • salad dressings
  • baked goods like muffins or bagels
  • sauces, soups and stews

MyPlate recommends that Americans Consume les than 2,300 mg of sodium per day.

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Common Names for Sodium

 We can get sodium from a variety of sources in our diet, but what about ingredients? Sodium is also known as: salt, rock salt, Himalayan salt, monosodium glutamate (MSG), baking soda (also called sodium bicarbonate), baking powder, disodium phosphate, sodium alginate, sodium citrate, and sodium nitrite. 

 Learn more about sodium with Cheryl or Jess in the video below!

University of Wyoming Extension & Cent$ible Nutrition Program

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This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This material was funded by USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program-EFNEP. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Issued in furtherance of extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Kelly Crane, Director, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming Extension, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071.

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