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What types of foods are highest in sodium?

Processed and convenience foods are usually very high in sodium. Things like frozen entrees, soups, canned and bottled sauces and marinades, and even some of the low-calorie frozen foods in the diet section of the freezer can be exceptionally high in sodium.
The following foods are high in sodium:
  • Processed/salted meats: ham, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, hot dogs
  • Koshered meat
  • Salted fish: tuna, sardines, anchovies, lox
  • Canned: vegetables, beans, soups, sauces, and gravy mixes
  • Convenience foods: many frozen entrees, pizzas, and boxed pasta/macaroni and cheese, rice and stuffing mixes (with seasoning packets)
  • Fast foods
  • Salted snacks: crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts
  • Cheeses
  • Chinese food (monosodium glutamate [MSG])
  • Tomato juice and vegetable juice cocktail

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