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Here's an interesting follow-up to the 20 Worst Foods in America. Keep in mind that people actually only NEED 500mg of sodium a day. The FDA lists maximum daily requirement as 2400mg.

Notice number 4 is a Kid's Meal! Here's a few of the 20 off the list:

4: Saltiest Kids' Meal
Cosi Kid's Pepperoni Pizza

6,405 mg sodium, 1,901 calories, 93 g fat, 190 g carbs
Kids under 13 should max out at 1,900 to 2,200 mg sodium a day, according to American Heart Association. This pizza serves up nearly three times that much, plus an entire day's worth of calories. You could feed your child 50 turkey sandwiches at Cosi for the same sodium price tag. (But stick to just one.)

#1 Saltiest dish in America:

Romano's Macaroni Grill Chicken Portobello
7,300 mg sodium, 1,020 calories, 66 g fat

With three items on our top 20 list, plus a slew of dishonorable mentions, Macaroni Grill earns its title as America's saltiest chain restaurant. But what makes this the saltiest dish in America? One word: demi-glace, a fancy French name for the viscous salt slick that blankets this disastrous dish. You would have to eat 32 cups of potassium-rich broccoli to compensate for this sodium avalanche.

6: Saltiest "Healthy" Food

Chili's Guiltless Grill Chicken Platter
2,780 mg sodium, 590 calories, 85 g carbs

Beware the bait and switch. Many restaurants and packaged-food producers advertise their dishes as being low in calories and fat, only to jack up the sugar and salt content. Case in point: This platter actually has more sodium than Chili's 1,890-calorie Country Fried Steak with sides, toast, and gravy. Stick with the Guiltless Salmon, the best choice on Chili's sometimes-healthy special menu.

20 Saltiest Foods in America

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I read an article in a news magazine that stated that the numbers on sodium consumption should be lower, under 2000 mg. And minoriies should only consume 1500 mg a day.

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