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.
Chili’s Boneless Buffalo Chicken Salad)
|Saturated Fat||14 g|
Chili’s Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken
|Saturated Fat||4.5 g|
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.
TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Ribs & Shrimp (w/o sides)
|Saturated fat||22 g|
TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Petite Sirloin with Crispy Shrimp
|Saturated fat||9.5 g|
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.
Cheesecake Factory Sunrise Fiesta Burrito
|Saturated fat||37 g|
Cheesecake Factory Plain Omelette
|Saturated fat||10 g|
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.
Chili’s Chicken Crispers – Honey Chipotle Style
|Saturated fat||14 g|
Chili’s Lighter Choice Margarita Grilled Chicken
|Saturated fat||3 g|
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.
Applebee’s Sizzling Skillet Shrimp Fajita
|Saturated fat||21 g|
Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp
|Saturated fat||7 g|
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.
Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries – Full Order
|Saturated fat||49 g|
Classic Nachos – Regular
|Saturated fat||30 g|
That’s the equivalent of over 26 salt packets.
A full order has 5310 mg sodium and 119 grams of fat. Stretchy pants, anyone?
On the Border Firecracker Stuffed Jalapeños w/ Salsa Ranch
|Saturated Fat||35 g|
On the Border Grilled Chicken Fajita Taco with Cilantro Lime Rice
|Saturated Fat||5 g|
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.
Singapore Street Noodles
|Saturated Fat||3.5 g|
Dan Dan Noodles
|Saturated Fat||5 g|
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.
Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Wonton Tacos
|Saturated Fat||4 g|
Applebee’s Appetizer Sampler
|Saturated Fat||45 g|
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.
PF Chang’s Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl
|Saturated Fat||3.5 g|
PF Chang’s Hot & Sour Soup Bowl
|Saturated Fat||3 g|
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.