Your favorite fast-food meals have six times more salt than you think

By: Maria Mercedes Galuppo, Buzz60

We are consuming way too much salt without even knowing it!

When you eat out, you're eating an insane amount of salt, additives and preservatives that send the sodium intake through the roof.

A study in the journal Appetite concluded that 89% of Americans eat too much salt. The advised intake is 2,300 milligrams which is the equivalent of one teaspoon, yet Americans are having about 3,600 milligrams a day.

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French fries

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Bacon

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Frozen dinners, such as pizza

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Canned nuts

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Canned fish like sardines and anchovies

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Cold cuts, including ham and salami

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Canned beans

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The researchers said adults eat about 1,300 mg of sodium in one fast-food sitting and they have no idea. When asked how much they thought they consumed, they were off by about 650%. Too much salt can lead to hypertension, heart attacks and stroke.

When you have a reduced fat blueberry muffin from Dunkin' Donuts you are taking 23% of your daily recommendation.

A Chipotle flour tortilla has 600 mg, more than a quarter of your daily limit without even adding one ingredient.When sipping Sonic's Oreo Milkshake you're almost halfway in a day's worth of sodium.

And just because you are trying to eat healthy doesn't mean you are having less salt. A minestrone soup from Hale and Hearty has 70% of the recommended limit and an Applebee's Southwestern Chicken Salad packs 3,620 mg in sodium, which is 157% of your recommended intake.

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BEACH-WAVES SPRAY FOR HAIR:
To create perfectly textured waves, dissolve a teaspoon of sea salt into an 8-oz. spray bottle of warm water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of liquid coconut oil and a dab of hair gel. Then just shake and mist.

BATH SOAK:
Mix a cup of sea salt with a few drops of almond, coconut, or another essential oil and pour into running water. Adding salt to a bath permits less water to be absorbed by the body, reducing skin’s ‘pruning’ effect on fingers and toes.

DANDRUFF TREATMENT:
Work crushed sea salt into the scalp before wetting hair to loosen flakes and better enable scalp treatments to penetrate.

FACIAL TONER:
To reduce oiliness, fill a small spray bottle with tepid water, add 1 teaspoon salt, and mist on your face, making sure to avoid eyes. Blot dry.
SALT SCRUB:
After you take a shower or bath, and while your skin is still wet, sprinkle salt onto your hands and rub it gently on arms and legs. A salt massage will exfoliate dead skin cells and improve circulation.

SKIN STEAMER:
To open up pores before exfoliating skin, bring 1/3 cup sea salt to a boil in a small pan of water. Transfer to a bowl, take a seat, and hold your face over the steam for 10 minutes.

FACIAL EXFOLIATOR:
Mix 1 teaspoon fine-grain salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small bowl. Gently massage the mixture into your face and throat. Rinse off by washing skin as usual.

TOOTHPASTE:
A classic natural beauty recipe, start by pulverizing sea salt using a mortar and pestle. Combine 1 part crushed salt and 2 parts baking soda. Dip a dampened toothbrush into the mixture and brush your teeth.

MOUTHWASH:
Rinse with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda mixed into a 4-ounce glass of water.

EYE DE-PUFFER:
Mix one teaspoon of salt into a pint of hot water. Lie comfortably on your back and apply pads soaked in the solution.

FOOT SOAK:
An Epsom- or sea-salt foot soak is just what the doctor ordered for overworked athletes — or even just a long night out in heels.
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