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Common Foods Loaded with Salt That Can Be Avoided

Updated on July 30, 2015
Oftentimes, we snack on foods that have lots of salt, especially potato chips.
Oftentimes, we snack on foods that have lots of salt, especially potato chips.

Salty foods are among the leading contributors of developing high blood pressure for people. A daily food allowance should involve no more than digesting 1,500 milligrams of salt for adults, according to the American Heart Association and the National Academy of Sciences. Big-name restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King indeed sell foods containing salt, mainly french fries. Snack foods are also a major factor for heart diseases, including potato chips and pretzels. To avoid such salty meals and snacks, either don’t eat them at all, or replace them with foods having very little salt.

French fries

When you think about french fries, you may also think about them being cooked in vegetable oil in many restaurants. These foods, especially with ketchup, do taste delicious, despite the fat amount. The problem is, not enough people who order a bag of french fries ask workers to not put salt on them. The best way to avoid french fries with salt is simply avoid eating them.

In fact, you can substitute a large order of fries with a baked potato without butter. If you still can’t resist the aroma from those fries, ask not to have salt on them. This may cause extra waiting time for you, but it will be worth it.

French fries served with Wiener Schnitzel, which is a flat breaded veal.
French fries served with Wiener Schnitzel, which is a flat breaded veal.

Potato chips

Potato chips are very popular for entertainment, lunches, or snacks. A generous helping of Lay’s regular potato chips taste salty because they have salt in them. Fortunately, there are other options that don’t require consuming salt from those favorite snacks. Lay’s sells potato chips that are made with sea salt, which is the “healthier” version of salt. They do taste salty, but they are not made with sodium. For an even more nutritional twist, eating veggie crisps is a great way to avoid the fat and salt at the same time, while they will still give you that crunch you love.

You can trade potato chips for potato wedges that don't have any salt.
You can trade potato chips for potato wedges that don't have any salt.

Pizza

Pizza typically contains salt because of its pepperoni. After all, pepperoni pizza is arguably the most common type of this popular dish. To decrease the salt amount on your next pizza from your favorite restaurant, order a plain cheese pizza instead. Ask to put more veggies on your pizza.

A pepperoni pizza.
A pepperoni pizza.

Pretzels

Like potato chips, pretzels are another staple for snacks, ball games on TV, or social gatherings. Any kind of pretzels, whether hard or soft, contain salt largely due to the fact that they are peppered with coarse salt. You can order or make a soft pretzel that is plain (no butter, no salt), or has a little bit of cinnamon for touch. Some retailers sell hard pretzels that contain little or no salt such as Sam's Club.

Pretzels on sale.
Pretzels on sale.

You can always substitute salty foods by replacing them or by simply not eating them. This may be a difficult thing to do at first, but it will be beneficial for your health. This is so that you can reduce your risk of having a heart disease and lower your blood pressure.

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