Here's what half of your daily sodium intake looks like in 30 foods


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You might think you're keeping your salt consumption in check, but what you may not realize is that many of today's popular foods sneak in a shocking amount of sodium. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends adults eat less than 2,400 milligrams of sodium a day, yet the average American consumes around 3,300 milligrams daily. And after looking at these photos from Healthline, it's no wonder we're overdoing it!

Half of your recommended daily sodium intake is contained in just 3/4 package of Ramen noodles, 1 1/3 tablespoons of soy sauce and nine slices of deli ham. But you already knew those foods weren't super healthy, right? Well, take a good look at some of your "healthy" food staples, too, like cottage cheese, cereal and your salad's dressing. 

Eating too much sodium can, over time, lead to high blood pressure, which affects around 1-in-3 U.S. adults. According to the Food and Drug Administration, "Eating less sodium can often help lower blood pressure to within the normal range, which can, in turn, help reduce your risk of developing serious medical conditions."

Check out some of the foods below to find out what 1,200 milligrams (half of the recommended daily intake for adults) looks like, and click here to see all 30 images.