Sodium is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining proper blood pressure and for providing channels of nerve signaling. Deficiency of sodium is rare, but can occur in people after excessive vomiting or diarrhea, in athletes who consume excessive amounts of water, or in people who regularly fast on juice and water. Over-consumption of sodium is far more common and can lead to high blood pressure which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The current percent daily value (%DV) for sodium is 2400mg, however, the American Heart Association recommends that people with high blood pressure eat less that 1500mg per day, or less than 3/4 of a table spoon of salt. Since sodium is required by all life to exist, it is naturally found in all foods and rarely does salt ever need to be added. Foods high in sodium include table salt, sauces, salad dressings, cured meats, bacon, pickles, bullion, instant soup, roasted salted nuts, snacks, fast foods, and canned foods. Below is a list of high sodium foods, for more, see the extended lists of high sodium foods by nutrient density, list of high sodium foods to boost sodium levels, and the list of high sodium foods to avoid.
#1: Table Salt, Baking Soda & Baking Powder (Table Salt)
Other Sauces and Dressings High in Sodium (%DV per tablespoon): Fish Sauce (59%), Teriyaki (29%), Oyster Sauce (21%), Hot Pepper Sauce & Reduced-Salt Soy Sauce (18%), Steak Sauce (12%), Reduced-Fat Salad Dressing (11%), Barbeque Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce & Hamburger Relish (7%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#3: Cured Meat & Fish (Bacon, Cooked)
Per ounce (28g)
Per slice (8g)
2193mg (91% DV)
614mg (25% DV)
175mg (7% DV)
Other Cured Meat & Fish High in Sodium (%DV per ounce): Salt Cod (82%), Salted Mackerel (52%), Canned Anchovy (43%), Dried Beef (32%), Turkey Bacon & Salami (27%), Beef Jerky (24%), Smoked Salmon (23%), Italian Salami (22%), Smoked White Fish (12%), and Smoked Herring (11%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
Other Instant Soups High in Sodium (%DV per packet): Onion (131%), Chicken Noodle (112%), Tomato & Vegetable (109%), 1 Bullion (Stock) Cube (50% DV), and Cream of Vegetable Soup (37%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
Other Snacks High in Sodium (%DV per ounce): Sesame Sticks (17%), Reduced-Fat Tortilla Chips (12%), Salted Popcorn, Soy Chips and Pita Chips (10%), and Salted Peanuts (9%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#9: Fast Foods (Egg & Ham Biscuit)
Per biscuit (182g)
Per 3oz (85g)
1093mg (46% DV)
1989mg (83% DV)
929mg (39% DV)
Other Fast Foods High in Sodium (%DV per piece, serving or slice): Beef & Cheese Enchilada (55%), Beef, Chili & Cheese Burrito (44%), Applebees French Fries (42%), Wendy's Jr. Hamburger with Cheese (35%), Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza (29%), and Hush Puppies (10%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#10: Canned Vegetables (Sweet Peppers)
Per cup (140g)
Per 1/2 cup (70g)
1369mg (57% DV)
1917mg (80% DV)
956mg (40% DV)
Other Canned Vegetables High in Sodium (%DV per cup): Jalapeno Peppers (72%), Tomato Sauce (54%), Snap Beans (36%), Zucchini (35%), Spinach (29%), Asparagus and Mushrooms (28%), Peas, Onions & Sweetcorn (22%), Sun Dried Tomatoes (12%). Click to see complete nutrition facts.