Bread, Not Chips, Is America's Biggest Salt Source

The CDC reports that bread and rolls are the largest sources of sodium

According to the CDC, the top source of sodium in America's diet isn't potato chips or pretzels; rather, the culprit is bread.

The report, released Tuesday, finds that 90 percent of Americans eat more sodium than recommended.

Forty-four percent of sodium consumed comes from just a few items in our diet: breads and rolls, cold cuts and deli meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, meat dishes, and chips, pretzels, and popcorn.

"Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn — which we think of as the saltiest foods in our diet — are only No. 10," CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden told AP. Bread and rolls aren't necessarily saltier than all the other foods; Americans just eat a lot of the staple.

The study also finds that 65 percent of soidum comes from retail-prepared foods, and about 25 percent come from restaurant foods.

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