Test Your Sodium IQ: On average, which breakfast cereal contains the most sodium (in milligrams) per serving?
a. Wheat chex
b. Crispy rice
c. Corn flakes
d. Puffed wheat
All of these breakfast cereals contain some sodium, but wheat chex contain the most sodium, with 357 milligrams of sodium per 1 cup serving. This is equal to more than 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Ask your healthcare provider or dietitian how much sodium you should have each day.
What is sodium?
Sodium is a mineral that helps control blood pressure and fluid balance. It also controls nerve and muscle function. Sodium occurs naturally in some foods such as milk and meat. Salt is made up of sodium and another mineral called chloride. Salt is added to processed foods for flavor and as a preservative to help keep foods fresh. Eating too much sodium can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure and kidney stones. High blood pressure and kidney stones increase your chances for getting kidney disease. For more information about sodium and your kidneys click here.