"Salty six" foods a major source of sodium, says American Heart Association


Beware of the "salty six," warns the American Heart Association (AHA).

The "salty" six consist of common foods in Americans' diets that are packed with excess sodium, the AHA says, and the list of top culprits doesn't even include snack foods like chips.

"Excess sodium in our diets has less to do with what we're adding to our food and more to do with what's already in the food," Dr. Linda Van Horn, a research nutritionist at Northwestern University who volunteers at the AHA, said in a press release. "The average individual is getting more than double the amount of sodium that they need, but there are ways to improve their sodium intake under their control."

U.S. dietary guidelines recommend people should take in no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, while the AHA recommends an even lower amount, 1,500 milligrams. A recent survey from the association however found most Americans are averaging 3,400 milligrams each day, mostly from processed and restaurant foods.

That could potentially raise blood pressure, thus increasing risk for stroke and heart disease, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What six common foods are major sources of salt in our diets? Keep clicking to find out the "salty six."