Sodium is essential for human health, but when consumed in excess it can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke. Most Americans typically consume far more than the recommended amount, children included. According to the CDC, 9 out of 10 children exceed the daily sodium recommendation. So where is all the sodium coming from? You may be surprised to know that the culprit is not your table salt shaker, but rather from restaurants and processed foods.
Let’s take a look at some popular fast-food items and see how they stack up in terms of sodium content.
Are you surprised? Looking up the nutrition facts before you dine out can make a big difference.