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Range of Sodium Content for Selected Foods

This table shows the ranges of sodium content for selected foods available in the retail market. It is provided to exemplify the importance of reading the food label to determine the sodium content of food, which can vary by several hundreds of milligrams in similar foods.

Food Group

Serving Size

Range (mg)

Breads, all types

1 oz

95-210

Frozen pizza, plain, cheese

4 oz

450-1200

Frozen vegetables, all types

1/2 c

2-160

Salad dressing, regular fat, all types

2 Tbsp

110-505

Salsa

2 Tbsp

150-240

Soup (tomato), reconstituted

8 oz

700-1260

Tomato juice

8 oz (~1 c)

340-1040

Potato chips a

1 oz (28.4 g)

120-180

Tortilla chips a

1 oz (28.4 g)

105-160

Pretzels a

1 oz (28.4 g)

290-560

a All snack foods are regular flavor, salted.

Serving sizes were standardized to be comparable among brands within a food. Pizza and bread slices vary in size and weight across brands.

Note: None of the examples provided were labeled low-sodium products.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on August 09, 2012

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