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The 10 Saltiest Foods in America

Most of us have heard that it's a good idea to cut down on sodium, but besides making sure the top to the salt shaker is screwed on properly, what does that really mean? Well, first, realize that salt is an essential mineral that our body can't function without.Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that adults in general should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day (1500 if you have high blood pressure, are African American, or are over age 51.)

If 2300 mg sounds like a lot, it is. There's an estimated 189 mg of sodium in one of those little salt packages you get at McDonald's. So if you downed a dozen of them, you'd still be within your daily sodium intakeóassuming you didn't eat anything else all day, which you probably wouldn't, because you'd be too busy trying to drain your swimming pool with a flexi-straw.

But a dozen little sodium packages is nothing when you consider what you're getting from these foods.

10
SALTIEST
FOOD

Chili's Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad)

Calories

1,020

Fat

67 g

Saturated Fat

14 g

Sodium

3,730

Chili's Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken

Calories

680

Fat

27 g

Saturated Fat

4.5 g

Sodium

1,150

That's the equivalent of over 18 salt packets.

And you thought you were doing the right thing ordering the salad. But remember, "salad" is just a word that means "a mixture of foods." Nobody said they were good foods.

9
SALTIEST
FOOD

TGI Friday's Jack Daniel's Ribs & Shrimp (w/o sides)

Calories

1730

Fat

74 g

Saturated fat

22 g

Sodium

4140 mg

TGI Friday's Jack Daniel's Petite Sirloin with Crispy Shrimp

Calories

640

Fat

20 g

Saturated fat

9.5 g

Sodium

2110 mg

That's the equivalent of over 20 salt packets.

4140 mg sodium, if you dare to have fries with that you'll be tacking on another 980 mg of sodium.

8
SALTIEST
FOOD

Cheesecake Factory Sunrise Fiesta Burrito

Calories

1,720

Saturated fat

37 g

Sodium

4600 mg

Cheesecake Factory Plain Omelette

Calories

490

Saturated fat

10 g

Sodium

730 mg

That's the equivalent of 23 salt packets.

With 4600 mg sodium, this breakfast burrito packs almost twice the daily recommended sodium allowance. If you like to start your day off bloated, this is the burrito for you. Already made the mistake of indulging in this one? Get back to feeling like your un-puffy self with our Ultimate One Day Detox.

7
SALTIEST
FOOD

Chili's Chicken Crispers - Honey Chipotle Style

Calories

1,750

Fat

81 g

Saturated fat

14 g

Sodium

4910 mg

Chili's Lighter Choice Margarita Grilled Chicken

Calories

610

Fat

16 g

Saturated fat

3 g

Sodium

2450 mg

That's the equivalent of over 24 salt packets.

With 4910 mg sodium, coupled with its 81 grams of fat, you're basically eating your cardiologist's heart out.

6
SALTIEST
FOOD

Applebee's Sizzling Skillet Shrimp Fajita

Calories

1,170

Fat

45 g

Saturated fat

21 g

Sodium

5140 mg

Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp

Calories

610

Fat

27 g

Saturated fat

7 g

Sodium

1960 mg

That's the equivalent of over 25 salt packets.

5140 mg sodium! How Applebees managed to turn shrimp and sauteed vegetables into one of the saltiest foods in America may be the 8th wonder of the world.

5
SALTIEST
FOOD

Chili's Texas Cheese Fries - Full Order

Calories

1,720

Fat

119 g

Saturated fat

49 g

Sodium

5310 mg

Classic Nachos - Regular

Calories

830

Fat

57 g

Saturated fat

30 g

Sodium

2010 mg

That's the equivalent of over 26 salt packets.

A full order has 5310 mg sodium and 119 grams of fat. Stretchy pants, anyone?

4
SALTIEST
FOOD

On the Border Firecracker Stuffed Jalapeños w/ Salsa Ranch

Calories

1,900

Fat

138 g

Saturated Fat

35 g

Sodium

5,760 mg

On the Border Grilled Chicken Fajita Taco with Cilantro Lime Rice

Calories

340

Fat

6.5 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Sodium

990

That's the equivalent of over 28 salt packets.

Jalapeños can boost your metabolism, but they'll be fighting an uphill battle against all those calories, fat, and sodium. Ditch the rest of the order and add jalapeños to another option.

3
SALTIEST
FOOD

Singapore Street Noodles

Calories

920

Fat

21 g

Saturated Fat

3.5 g

Sodium

2750 mg

Dan Dan Noodles

Calories

800

Fat

22 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Sodium

6,120 mg

That's the equivalent of over 30 salt packets.

At an artery-shaking 6,120 mg sodium, asking for the low sodium soy sauce won't make a dent in your monster salt intake.

2
SALTIEST
FOOD

Applebee's Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos

Calories

540

Fat

21 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Sodium

1,750

Applebee's Appetizer Sampler

Calories

2,210

Fat

137 g

Saturated Fat

45 g

Sodium

6,260

That's the equivalent of over 31 salt packets.

6260 milligrams of hypertension for you. Instead of ordering so many apps, have a healthy snack before you go to the restaurant. And if you can't resist reaching for the chips, choose one of the Eat This, Not That!-approved 10 Best Junk Foods for Weight Loss.

1
SALTIEST
FOOD

PF Chang's Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl

Calories

620

Fat

22 g

Saturated Fat

3.5 g

Sodium

2,720

PF Chang's Hot & Sour Soup Bowl

Calories

380

Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Sodium

7,980 mg

That's the equivalent of over 39 salt packets!

Yes, congratulations. If you eat this, you'll have slurped down the sodium equivalent of 44 individual bags of Doritos Cool Ranch Tortilla Chips. After dining on this disaster, you're going to need these 8 Foods That Beat Bloat.



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