The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That's equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls - way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
But the majority of excess salt, or 77 percent, isn't spooned into your food - it comes from processed foods.
The FDA says they are working on a plan to gradually scale back salt in processed foods.
In the meantime, our friends at Health.com have come up with a list of 25 hidden salt traps lurking in the grocery store.
Sodium: 350 mg Serving: 1 cup cereal (190 calories)
Though this cereal contains only 15 percent of your daily sodium recommendation, it has more than double the sodium of some other cereals. Cheerios contains 190 milligrams, GoLean has 85 milligrams, and Special K Protein Plus contains 147 milligrams per one-cup serving.
OK, it's probably no surprise that a Slim Jim's salty taste is due to a dose of sodium.
However, if you nibble this snack - only 80 calories - you get 20 percent of your daily sodium for the day, more than double the amount of sodium in a serving of potato chips.
Eat these pancakes for breakfast, and you've consumed 25 percent of your sodium for the day.
And if you add in 1/4 cup Kellogg's Buttery syrup, you add in 90 more milligrams, for a total of 670 milligrams - one-third of your daily sodium. Swap them for two Eggo waffles and you save 160 milligrams.
Usually veggie and black bean burgers are healthier alternatives to beef burgers. Even though these black bean burgers are only 210 calories, they contain nearly one-third of your daily sodium intake.
A President's Choice Backyard Burger contains 480 milligrams of sodium, and Amy's Organics makes a low-sodium veggie burger with only 250 milligrams.
If you love ketchup on everything from eggs to burgers, be aware that the condiment's sodium content is not negligible.
Two tablespoons of this ketchup has approximately the same amount of sodium as 2 ounces of salted peanuts or potato chips - roughly 16 percent of your sodium daily intake.
Whip up a grilled cheese sandwich with two Kraft singles and two slices of white bread (Arnold Country White Bread contains 180 milligrams per slice), and you could be consuming close to 1,000 milligrams of sodium.
Vegetables are supposed to be your friends, but with 440 milligrams of sodium per serving, it is best to rethink these canned veggies. Instead, choose fresh or frozen, which contain 30 milligrams or less per serving.
This bagel has the same amount of sodium as a serving of Slim Jims, but somehow you don't expect a bagel to run neck and neck with a salty-tasting snack.
And if you add a smear of cream cheese (between 100 to 200 milligrams of sodium per ounce), you'll have a breakfast that's nearly one-third of your daily salt intake.
Fresh veggies - like spinach, tomatoes, and carrots - are typically low in sodium. Don't ruin your salad by using dressings that are heavy on the salt.
Choose low-sodium varieties, oil and vinegar, or balsamic vinaigrettes to cut down on the sodium.
Sodium: 1,250 mg Serving: 1 cup prepared (260 calories)
Most people don't equate rice with a salty treat, but this side dish contains more than 50 percent of your daily amount of sodium. The brand does sell low-sodium varieties, but they still have 650 to 670 milligrams of sodium per cup of cooked rice.
Bertolli Mediterranean Style Shrimp and Penne Primavera
Sodium: 890 mg
Serving: 1/2 of 24-oz. package (320 calories)
With 320 calories, 15 grams of fat (1.5 saturated), and 5 grams of fiber, this frozen meal looks like a winner. However, with more than one-third of your daily intake of sodium, you might want to leave this pasta in the freezer.
It's no surprise that soup is on this list. However, even among products known for their high sodium content, this one packs a punch.
One cup of this soup would supply you with 80 percent of your daily intake of sodium.
Cottage cheese? Really? Yep, although it's low-cal and protein-packed, a serving also dishes up 15 percent of your daily salt intake.
While dieters have long turned to cottage cheese as a filling snack, if you're concerned about sodium, you're better off with Greek yogurt, which contains less than 100 milligrams for the same serving size.
Frozen meals are often full of sodium. However, this dish could be a salt trap - although it's only 280 calories, it also delivers almost 30 percent of your daily sodium intake. If you want to eat one, be sure to pair it with a side dish that's low-sodium, either a salad or steamed veggies.
Any smart shopper knows to bypass the frozen vegetables with cheese sauce, but this label is deceptive.
The product may contain only 60 calories per serving, but it packs in more than 25 percent of your daily sodium. Opt to make your own stir-fry using low-sodium soy sauce instead.
This label is especially deceiving. It says a serving only contains 220 milligrams of sodium, but the serving size is one-fourth of a pickle. Who eats one-quarter of a pickle?
So we provided the amount of sodium in an entire pickle. If you eat the whole thing - like most people do - you've consumed more than one-third of your daily sodium.
This lunch seems like a good thing to pack in a child's lunchbox, but leave this one on the shelf.
It has nearly half the recommended sodium for an adult, and about 60 percent of the Institute of Medicine's recommended daily intake for children ages 4 to 8. You're better off with a ham and cheese sandwich, baked chips, and fruit.