Despite many previous warnings, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Americans still eat way too much salt.
Ninety percent of children and 89 percent of adults consume more than the recommended 2,300 milligrams (about a teaspoon) of sodium a day, according to the latests findings from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Our relentless love of salt is putting us at risk for high blood pressure and other health problems, warned CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.
"The finding that nine of ten adults and children still consume too much salt is alarming," Frieden said in a statement. "The evidence is clear: too much sodium in our foods leads to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Reducing sodium in manufactured and restaurant foods will give consumers more choice and save lives."
The CDC recommends even less daily sodium for certain groups: No more than 1,500 milligrams a day for adults over 51, African-Americans and adults with prehypertension and hypertension because they're at a greater risk for stroke and heart disease.
There are lots of ways to reduce the excess salt on our plates, said American Heart Association president Dr. Mark Creager, but the answers aren't always obvious. High levels of sodium can be found in some processed foods that don't taste particularly salty. Certain meals can pack more salt than you need in a whole day, and even foods we think of as "healthy" may be sabotaged by salt.
Click through to see 10 super-salty foods you should reduce or cut out altogether for your health, and the health of the kids in your life.