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How much sodium is in typical street foods?

As Americans try to follow new salt intake guidelines, knowing how much sodium is in some typical street purchases may help you to make better, healthier choices.
  • The average street soft pretzel has 2008 mg of sodium.
  • The typical bagel sandwich with lox and cream cheese has 862 mg sodium.
  • A typical hot dog on a bun (Nathan’s) has 692 mg sodium.
With current guidelines suggesting that most Americans try to target less than 2300 mg of sodium daily (kids and people with chronic diseases should target 1500 mg sodium) these foods pack a whopping dose of salt. To take a “baby” step and reduce your daily salt totals, begin to halve the portions of your favorite processed and high sodium foods. Want to take a giant step? Swap out your favorite foods for healthier choices that still satisfy or prepare foods yourself so that you can control the amount of salt used in the cooking process.

Quick tip: Swap out the soft pretzel for ¾ cup of homemade trail mix that has unsalted peanuts, whole grain small pretzels, dried fruit and high protein cereal (like Kashi Go Lean).

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