(NEW YORK) -- Subway, the world's biggest fast food chain, has announced plans to cut sodium levels in its subs by 28 percent. This change comes amid growing concern that many Americans are exceeding their daily salt intake.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2010 dietary guidelines recommends that Americans consume no more than 1,500 milligrams -- or about two-thirds of a teaspoon -- of salt each day. However, Americans actually consume more than 3,000 milligrams a day, which adds up to about 517 teaspoons of table salt a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here is a list of desserts surprisingly high in salt (per 100 milligram serving):
- Caramel - 236mg
- Chocolate bar with nuts - 210mg
- Milk chocolate - 71mg
- Lollipop - 50 mg
While it may seem difficult to avoid salty foods, there are a few ways to limit your salt intake. One way to cut the salt is to use table salt substitutes.
Other ways to cut the salt in your diet include buying fresh foods instead of canned and processed foods, or to rinse canned foods to remove the salt.
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