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Tuesday
Feb072012

Where Do Americans Get Their Salt? The Answer May Surprise You

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- If you're worried about salt in your diet, you may want to break your bread habit.

Sure, chips and pretzels are packed with sodium, but it's bread -- the number one source of salt in the American diet, according to a new list from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- that's the silent killer.

It's not that bread and rolls are saltier than other foods, it's just that we eat a lot of them, the report says, and it adds up. We get about 7 percent of our daily salt from dough, the study shows.

The full CDC list is as follows:

  1. Breads and rolls
  2. Cold cuts/cured meats
  3. Pizza
  4. Poultry
  5. Soups
  6. Sandwiches
  7. Cheese
  8. Pasta mixed dishes
  9. Meat mixed dishes
  10. Savory snacks

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