Other hidden sources of sodium? Bread is a big one, and the focus of the news article that prompted this post. the CDC reported data from a 2007-2008 survey of diets and found that nearly half (44%) of the daily sodium intake comes from just ten sources of sodium.
- Bread, 7.4%
- Cold cuts, 5.1%
- Pizza, 4.9%
- Poultry, 4.5%
- Soup, 4.3%
- Cheeseburgers and sandwiches, 4.0%
- Cheese, 3.8%
- Pasta, 3.3%
- Mixed meat dishes (meatloaf), 3.2%
- Savory snacks (chips and pretzels), 3.1%
So, potato chips made the list, but just barely, and they were outclassed by lots of other foods, few of which you might think have lots of sodium.
For one other illustration, NPR posted a calculation of the sodium in a simple turkey sandwich, up to 1500 milligrams! Going low sodium on everything cut that nearly in half to about 800.