September 5, 2007

Numbers Game: Answer

Which of the following provides slightly more than a solid gram of sodium (roughly 50% of the maximum recommended daily intake)?

Three slices of deli ham -- which add up to 1,020 milligrams of sodium (dietary guidelines call for no more than 2,400 milligrams a day).

As for the other foods:

An Auntie Anne's pretzel contributes 930 milligrams of sodium, a medium dill pickle clocks in at 833 milligrams, and 40 Lay's potato chips are the least salty option, containing only 360 milligrams (less than 20% of the daily limit!)

In other words, a sandwich containing three ounces of sliced deli ham accompanied by a medium dill pickle and 20 Lay's potato chips contains 90% of a day's worth of sodium!

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