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Publish Date: 11/21/00
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Beware of Surprising Sources of Sodium

Cincinnati--As Thanksgiving and the holidays bring an abundance of food, many try to make healthy choices. Eating less fat, sugar and sodium and getting more exercise can help us feel better. Some common foods are surprising sources of sodium. "You may be reading the labels on salty-tasting foods, such as potato chips or pretzels to avoid excess sodium, but one fast food cherry pie has 427 milligrams (mg) of sodium, while a small french fries has only 201 mg," said Sarah Couch, PhD, assistant professor of dietetics and nutrition science at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences.

Other surprising sources of sodium include:

  • one slice of American cheese--450 mg
  • one packet instant oatmeal--300 mg
  • one cup seasoned rice mix--600 mg
  • lemon pepper seasoning--805 mg
  • one medium hot dog--450 mg
  • two slices of bologna--400 mg
  • half cup canned corn--350 mg
  • one kosher dill pickle--515 mg
  • half cup cooked stuffing--590 mg

Excess dietary sodium may contribute to fluid retention, swelling, temporary weight gain, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and stroke.

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