On its website, the CBS News (11/8, Jaslow) reports that the American Heart Association is warning consumer to "beware of the 'salty six,'" which according to the AHA, "consist of common foods in Americans' diets that are packed with excess sodium." Conversely, the "list of top culprits doesn't even include snack foods," such as pretzels and chips.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune (11/8, Stoxen) notes that the AHA says the "Salty Six" foods are "loaded with excess sodium," can increase the "risk for heart disease and stroke," and should be "used sparingly." They are: Breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup and sandwiches.
According to WebMD (11/8, Warner), the "Salty Six" was listed in a new report from the AHA and the American Stroke Association. The study authors "say the average American takes in about 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, more than twice the AHA's recommended limit of 1,500 mg." However, only a small portion of that excess sodium "comes from the salt shaker. Experts say more than 75% of people's salt comes from eating processed or restaurant foods."