Check the salt content on food labels. Too much added salt is unhealthy.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day or 1,500 mg if you're age 51 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
1500 mg of sodium equals about 0.75 teaspoons or 3.75 grams of salt per day, while 2300 mg equals about one teaspoon and 6 grams of salt per day. Most people today are eating much more than that. The average intake of sodium is about 3400 mg, most of it coming from processed foods.
As fall is around the corner and many people look to canned soup, think again. There is an abundant amount of salt in canned soup because it is cheaper than the flavorful vegetables, chicken, herbs, and spices that you would normally use at home.
Also, when commercial soups are cooked at a high temperature for a long enough time to kill potentially harmful bacteria, some of the natural flavors evaporate. Salt is a cheap, convenient way to make up for the loss.
Consider making your own soup, It’s easy, healthier and if you are looking for convenience. make a big batch and freeze some so you can always have some on hand instead of canned soup!