Sodium in Foods

Dietary sodium is measured in milligrams (mg). The most common form of sodium used is table salt, which is 40% sodium. One teaspoon of table salt contains 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

Sodium in Processed Foods

Sodium is also added to various food products, both for taste and as a preservative. Thus, the more processed the food, the higher the sodium content is likely to be. Foods reconstituted with water (eg. soups, bouillon cubes, processed meats) also contain salt. Some of these added forms are monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate.

Sodium in Fast Foods

Fast foods are generally very high in sodium. Another reason to eat in.

“Lower-Sodium” Foods

Fortunately, there is a growing range of lower-sodium foods in many food stores. Ideally, choose these lower-sodium brands whenever possible.

Table 1. Sodium Content of Selected Foods

Foods Sodium Content
mg per 100g or 3.5 ounces
Table salt 39,300 mg
Chicken bouillon cubes 16,300 mg
Soy sauce 7,120 mg
Minestrone soup, dry (pkt) 6,400 mg
Tomato soup, dry (pkt) 3,100 mg
Bacon, back, grilled 2,700 mg
Table salt 2,300 mg per teaspoon
Black bean sauce 2,150 mg
Smoked salmon 1,880 mg
Salami 1,800 mg
Pretzels 1,720 mg
Cornflakes 1,100 mg
Hard cheese 1,000 mg
Tortilla chips 850 mg
Potato chips 850 mg
Margarine (average) 800 mg
Butter regular, (average) 750 mg

Sodium Diet Related Links:

Sodium/Salt in Diet
Sodium: Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
How to Reduce Sodium in Your Diet
Sodium Content of Foods
Sodium Diet Advice & Recommendations


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