Sodium overkill: Top 10 culprits in U.S. diet

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    (CBS) Nine out of 10 Americans consume more sodium than they need, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No one should eat more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, equal to about a teaspoon of salt, health officials say - but the average American actually consumes closer to 3,300 milligrams a day.

    Too much sodium raises risk for high blood pressure, leading to heart disease and stroke. More than 800,000 people die each year from these and other vascular diseases, says the CDC.

    Where does all the sodium come from? According to the report, more than 40 percent of all Americans' sodium intake comes from only 10 types of foods. Most are processed foods, which contain sodium that can't be removed. Keep clicking to see the countdown of foods that account for most of the nation's sodium consumption, with tips from registered dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and director of coaching at the Cleveland Clinic.

    Coming in at No. 10, salty snacks...

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