Your body needs small amounts of sodium to function properly, but too much sodium can lead to health problems. Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure and risk for heart disease and stroke. Most of the sodium we consume is found in processed foods and in restaurants.
Most of the sodium we eat comes from packaged, processed, store-bought and restaurant foods. Some foods that seem healthy may have high levels of sodium such as cottage cheese. Unprocessed fruits and vegetables are usually low in sodium.
Select lower sodium foods when possible and aim to cook more foods yourself to better control how much sodium you eat.
Americans get most of their daily sodium (more than 75%) from processed and restaurant foods (CDC)