Here are a couple of quizzes to help you find out how much you know about salt and the foods you choose. Click on the “+” to see the answer.

Which Foods Have Less Sodium?

New England, 871mg  •  Manhattan chowder, 1,000mg
Quick-cooking oatmeal, 9mg  •  Instant oatmeal, 115mg
Doughnut, 237mg  •  Bagel, 553mg
Croissant, 219mg  •  English muffin, 290mg
Tomato puree, 30mg  •  Tomato sauce, 280mg
Regular pudding, 120mg  •  Instant pudding, 442mg
Olives, 129mg  •  Pickles, 137mg
Imitation crab, 450mg  •  Alaskan king crab, 711mg
Swiss cheese, 52mg  •  cheddar cheese, 137mg
French fries, 246mg  •  Ketchup, 320mg
Dinner roll, 150mg  •  Cornbread, 225mg
Ham, 935mg  •  Corned beef, 1,038mg
6″ corn tortilla, 11mg  •  6″ flour tortilla, 221mg

True or False

False. When levels of sodium are too high, the body retains fluid. Scientists believe this process is linked to high blood pressure, which in turn is linked to heart disease and stroke.
True. According to National Institutes of Health studies a diet low in fats, cholesterol and sodium and plentiful in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products not only lowers blood pressure, but may help prevent and control hypertension.
True. The rate of hypertension in Blacks is twice that of the general population. Additionally, 20% of deaths among black Americans are due to high blood pressure.
True. Changes in hormones may make women more susceptible to hypertension.
True. In fact, nearly one-third of the population doesn’t know they have high blood pressure.
False. One teaspoon has 2,360mg – the daily recommendation is no more than 2,300mg. Some health organizations recommend no more than 1,500mg for adults over 50 and individuals at risk for high blood pressure or other health conditions.
True. It only takes a few weeks to retrain your taste buds. In fact, eventually things that used to taste good will taste salty.
True. Many bakery products contain baking soda and/or baking powder which raises the sodium content without tasting salty.
True. 5% is 115mg… anything less than 140mg is considered low sodium. Foods with 20% (460mg) or more of the % Daily Value are considered high.