In an age of convenience foods, frozen dinners and packaged meals are commonplace. And with the lack of time we all seem to have within a day, it’s easy to fall prey to these food choices. However, many of these pre-packaged meals are loaded with sodium. (Just take a look at the sodium content on the back of a can of soup!) Our society’s overconsumption of salt has led to premature aging in obese adolescents, according to a recent study coming out of Georgia Regents University.

Worse, it doesn’t seem like big companies are going to slow down on these sodium levels. If salt can extend a product’s shelf life inexpensively while adding some flavor, companies are going to keep adding it.

“Unfortunately, our health has never featured much in business practices,” said OGP’s Jonathon Engels.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend a sodium intake of less than 2,300 milligrams per day. And this number is significantly lowered for those aged 51 or older, or those with health problems such as high blood pressure: for them, the recommendation is no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. Sadly, the majority of Americans, age 2 and up, consume around 3,400 milligrams of salt per day.

High salt intake is literally killing us on the inside with high blood pressure and heart disease, and the outside, with premature cellular aging. The U.S. is plagued with a salt apocalypse, where even our fast food’s salt content is higher than other countries!

Luckily, there are ways to combat this salt takeover. Arm yourself with 10 Tricks to Reducing Your Sodium Intake and Tips on Striking a Balance. Here’s a guide on Salt Alternatives. And to show you that there’s still hope out there, we’ve compiled a list of delicious, low-sodium treats to appease anyone’s appetite:

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 1. Vegan ‘Nutella’ Spread [GF]