Here are a couple of quizzes to help you find out how much you know about salt and the foods you choose. Click on the “+” to see the answer.
Which Foods Have More Sodium?
A frozen dinner of sliced beef with gravy, mashed potatoes and peas OR one cup of chicken noodle soup?
TV dinner, 742mg • Chicken noodle soup, 1,106mg
Manhattan chowder, 578mg • New England, 992mg
Instant oatmeal, 377mg • Quick-cooking oatmeal, 1mg
Bagel, 700mg • Doughnut, 257mg
Salted nuts, 190mg • English muffin, 290mg
Shredded wheat, 5mg • Raisin bran, 360mg
Chicken sandwich, 957mg • Filet of fish sandwich, 615mg • Hamburger, 534mg
Instant pudding, 357mg • Regular pudding, 88mg
Olives, 153mg • Raisin bread, 111mg
Pina Colada, 130mg • Bloody Mary, 1548mg
Swiss cheese, 75mg • American cheese, 406mg
French fries, 265mg • Ketchup, 356mg
Cornbread, 451mg • Dinner roll, 134mg
Pork chop, 40mg • Ham, 1,275mg
Corn tortilla, 3mg • Flour tortilla, 234mg
True or False
False. When levels of sodium are too high, the body retains fluid. Scientists believe this process is linked to high blood pressure, which in turn is linked to heart disease and stroke.
True. According to National Institutes of Health studies a diet low in fats, cholesterol and sodium and plentiful in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products not only lowers blood pressure, but may help prevent and control hypertension.
One in three African Americans over the age of 18 suffers from hypertension – twice that of the general population.
True. The rate of hypertension in Blacks is twice that of the general population. Additionally, 20% of deaths among black Americans are due to high blood pressure.
True. Changes in hormones may make women more susceptible to hypertension.
True. In fact, nearly one-third of the population doesn’t know they have high blood pressure.
False. One teaspoon – or the equivalent of 2,400mg – is the daily recommendation.
True. It takes about 4-6 weeks to retrain your taste buds. In fact, eventually things that used to taste good will taste salty.
True. Many bakery products contain baking soda and/or baking powder which raises the sodium content without tasting salty.
False. These statements indicate a product has at least 25% less sodium than normal. For example, a cup of chili with beans averages 1,163mg, the less salt version still has 710mg.
True. Anything less than 140mg is considered low sodium.