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Food NameSodiumCalories 
Milk, human1770
Milk4150
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole4060
Milk, cow's, fluid, whole, low-sodium361
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, whole4060
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, 1% fat4442
Milk, calcium fortified, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat5235
Milk, cow's, fluid, other than whole ("lowfat")4244
Milk, cow's, fluid, 2% fat4150
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 1% fat4442
Milk, cow's, fluid, acidophilus, 2% fat4150
Milk, cow's, fluid, 1% fat4442
Milk, cow's, fluid, skim or nonfat, 0.5% or less butterfat4234
Milk, cow's, fluid, filled with vegetable oil5763
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Usage Notes

  • Sodium (measured in milligrams) and calories are calculated per 100g of food.
  • This sodium content of foods database contains approximately 7,000 most common food items.
  • Click on column header to sort foods by name or by sodium or calories.
  • Pie chart shows relative contributions to total calories from carbohydrate, protein and fat (and alcohol, if exists).

Sodium in Diet

Sodium is an element that the body needs to function properly.
The body uses sodium to regulate blood pressure and blood volume. Sodium is also critical for the functioning of muscles and nerves.

Difference between Sodium and Salt

Salt is a combination of two minerals sodium and chloride, so sodium is a part of salt. Sodium is considered the unhealthy part of salt. People often use the words salt and sodium to mean the same thing when talking about food and nutrition.

Sea Salt, Table Salt and Kosher Salt

Sea salt comes from evaporated sea water. Extra minerals from sea water are frequently left behind and give sea salt a stronger flavor and off-white color.

With table salt, other minerals are removed and chemicals are added so the salt grains do not stick together.

Kosher salt itself is not kosher (meaning it doesn't conform to Jewish food laws), but it is used to make meat kosher, which is how it got its name.

Food Sources

Sodium occurs naturally in most foods. The most common form of sodium is sodium chloride, which is table salt. Milk, beets, and celery also naturally contain sodium, as does drinking water, although the amount varies depending on the source.
Sodium is also added to various food products. Some of these added forms are monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate. These are ingredients in condiments and seasonings such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, and bouillon cubes.
Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, and ham, and canned soups and vegetables are all examples of foods that contain added sodium. Fast foods are generally very high in sodium.

Side Effects of Sodium

Too much sodium may lead to high blood pressure in those who are sensitive to sodium. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor will probably recommend that you reduce your sodium (salt) intake.
Sodium may lead to a serious build-up of fluid in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease. Such people should be on a strict sodium-restricted diet, as prescribed by their doctor.

Reduce Salt and Sodium in Your Diet

A key to healthy eating is choosing foods lower in salt and sodium. Most Americans consume more salt than they need. The current recommendation is to consume less than 2.4 grams (2,400 milligrams) of sodium a day. That equals 6 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of table salt a day. The 6 grams include ALL salt and sodium consumed, including that used in cooking and at the table. For someone with high blood pressure, the doctor may advise eating less salt and sodium, as recent research has shown that people consuming diets of 1,500 mg of sodium had even better blood pressure lowering benefits. These lower-sodium diets also can keep blood pressure from rising and help blood pressure medicines work better.

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The Most Salty Foods

List of foods highest in sodium. Sodium content is in milligrams per 100 grams of food weight.



Sodium (mg)
Foods Highest in Sodium (100 g)

38758
Salt, table

27360
Leavening agents, baking soda

26050
Desserts, rennin, tablets, unsweetened

26000
Soup, beef broth or bouillon, powder, dry

24000
Soup, chicken broth cubes, dry

24000
Soup, beef broth, cubed, dry

23875
Soup, chicken broth or bouillon, dry

17152
Adobo fresco

11588
Gravy, au jus, dry

10600
Leavening agents, baking powder, double-acting, sodium aluminum sulfate

9690
Jellyfish, dried, salted

8408
Soup, beef noodle, dry, mix

8068
PACE, Dry Taco Seasoning Mix

8031
Soup, onion, dry, mix

7893
Leavening agents, baking powder, double-acting, straight phosphate

7851
Sauce, fish, ready-to-serve

7027
Fish, cod, Atlantic, dried and salted

6820
Soy sauce made from hydrolyzed vegetable protein

6722
Soup, tomato vegetable, dry, mix

6580
Gravy, mushroom, dry, powder

5730
Gravy, unspecified type, dry

5586
Soy sauce made from soy (tamari)

5493
Soy sauce made from soy and wheat (shoyu)

5356
Gravy, pork, dry, powder

5203
Gravy, instant beef, dry

5053
Gravy, brown instant, dry

4957
Soup, cream of vegetable, dry, powder

4843
Gravy, brown, dry

4450
Fish, mackerel, salted


Sodium (mg)
Foods Highest in Sodium (100 g)

4392
Gravy, turkey, dry

4331
Seaweed, Canadian Cultivated EMI-TSUNOMATA, dry

4250
Puddings, all flavors except chocolate, low calorie, instant, dry mix

4186
Gravy, onion, dry, mix

4152
Gravy, chicken, dry

4090
Gravy, instant turkey, dry

3833
Sauce, teriyaki, ready-to-serve

3728
Miso

3712
Sauce, cheese, dry, powder

3668
Fish, anchovy, european, canned in oil, drained solids

3663
Egg, whole, raw, frozen, salted, pasteurized

3643
Soup, chicken noodle, dry, mix

3487
Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, salted, pasteurized

3333
Soy sauce made from soy and wheat (shoyu), low sodium

3326
Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, regular, dry mix

3202
Sauce, cheese sauce mix, dry

2962
Yeast extract spread

2873
Tofu, salted and fermented (fuyu)

2873
Tofu, salted and fermented (fuyu), prepared with calcium sulfate

2853
Grape leaves, canned

2850
Steelhead trout, dried, flesh (Shoshone Bannock)

2838
Puddings, chocolate flavor, low calorie, instant, dry mix

2790
Beef, cured, dried

2769
Capers, canned

2751
Gelatin desserts, dry mix, reduced calorie, with aspartame, added phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin C

2733
Sauce, oyster, ready-to-serve

2695
Pork, cured, ham, center slice, country-style, separable lean only, raw

2684
Pork, cured, salt pork, raw

2667
Snacks, pork skins, barbecue-flavor

2643
Sauce, ready-to-serve, pepper or hot


Sodium (mg)
Foods Highest in Sodium (100 g)

2590
Sauce, alfredo mix, dry

2541
Seeds, pumpkin and squash seeds, whole, roasted, with salt added

2400
Potato soup, instant, dry mix

2285
Turkey bacon, cooked

2280
Milk, dry, nonfat, calcium reduced

2260
Salami, dry or hard, pork

2253
Beef, cured, breakfast strips, cooked

2193
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, baked

2182
KRAFT FOODS, SHAKE 'N' BAKE ORIGINAL RECIPE, Coating for Pork, dry

2140
McDONALD'S, Spicy Buffalo Sauce

2099
Pork, cured, breakfast strips, cooked

2095
Potatoes, au gratin, dry mix, unprepared

2081
Snacks, beef jerky, chopped and formed

2071
Soup, ramen noodle, chicken flavor, dry

2036
Soup, ramen noodle, any flavor, dry

2002
Soup, ramen noodle, beef flavor, dry

2000
Fish, salmon, chinook, smoked, (lox), regular

1976
OSCAR MAYER, Salami (hard)

1930
Cereals, QUAKER, Instant Grits Product--Ham 'n' Cheese

1890
Salami, Italian, pork

1866
Rice, white, with pasta, dry

1858
HORMEL Pillow Pak Sliced Turkey Pepperoni

1840
Noodles, japanese, somen, dry

1826
OSCAR MAYER, Salami (Genoa)

1818
Snacks, pork skins, plain

1809
Cheese, roquefort

1808
Cheese, dry white, queso seco

1783
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, microwaved

1778
Sauce, teriyaki, ready-to-serve, reduced sodium

1770
Bacon bits, meatless

1765
Puddings, all flavors except chocolate, low calorie, regular, dry mix


Sodium (mg)
Foods Highest in Sodium (100 g)

1764
Cereals, QUAKER, Instant Grits Product with Redeye Gravy and Imitation Ham Bits, Dry

1761
Pepperoni, pork, beef

1745
Papad

1740
Salami, cooked, beef and pork

1717
Pork, cured, bacon, pre-sliced, cooked, pan-fried

1717
Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted

1715
Snacks, pretzels, hard, plain, made with unenriched flour, salted

1705
KRAFT CHEEZ WHIZ LIGHT Pasteurized Process Cheese Product

1696
Cheese, parmesan, shredded

1680
GEORGE WESTON BAKERIES, Brownberry Sage and Onion Stuffing Mix, dry

1679
Cereals, QUAKER, corn grits, instant, cheddar cheese flavor, dry

1674
Eggplant, pickled

1671
Peppers, jalapeno, canned, solids and liquids

1671
Cheese, pasteurized process, American, without added vitamin D

1671
Cheese, pasteurized process, American, fortified with vitamin D

1654
Salami, dry or hard, pork, beef

1647
Sauce, steak, tomato based

1640
Spices, chili powder

1638
KRAFT CHEEZ WHIZ Pasteurized Process Cheese Sauce

1625
Cheese spread, pasteurized process, American

1615
Sauce, hoisin, ready-to-serve

1602
Cheese, parmesan, hard

1600
Salad Dressing, coleslaw dressing, reduced fat

1587
Cheese product, pasteurized process, American, reduced fat, fortified with vitamin D

1587
Cheese product, pasteurized process, cheddar, reduced fat

1586
KRAFT VELVEETA LIGHT Reduced Fat Pasteurized Process Cheese Product

1578
Potatoes, scalloped, dry mix, unprepared

1562
McDONALD'S, NEWMAN'S OWN Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette

1556
Olives, pickled, canned or bottled, green

1553
Snacks, M&M MARS, COMBOS Snacks Cheddar Cheese Pretzel

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