Sodium and Allergens in BBQs Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions This information has been reviewed and approved by Brandon Engel, Production Manager - Food & Clinical Nutrition Services and Brett Fenster, MD (June 2019). Want to use this on your website? Fill out the content usage request form and then copy this code: Summary: Beware of Sodium and Hidden Allergens in your BBQ Too much salt puts you at risk for serious medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Ingredients with Sodium Prepared tomato products (ketchup, sauces, drinks)- 160mg/tbsp Soda- 45mg/can Salad dressings (especially Italian)- 300-500mg/2 tbsp Hot Dogs- up to 780mg/each Pickle relish- 227mg/ounce Chicken (many raw chicken products are soaked in a solution, usually a salt water marinade for flavor and moistness)- 150-300mg/piece Baked beans- 1100mg/cup Potato and macaroni salads- 500-600mg/cup Sausages- up to 780mg/each Cheese (especially processed cheese)- 200mg/slice "Low Fat" foods (salt is used to make up for flavor loss)- 150-200mg/tbsp Cured meats (like bacon and salami)- 200-300mg/slice Ingredients with Allergens Green beans (with added seasonings/toppings) Mixed salads- may contain nuts, gluten, corn Breads- wheat, gluten Oil- on grill from seafood or any oils mixing from other grilled foods Salad dressings- nuts, corn, gluten Recommended Sodium Intake 2,300mg/day or 1,500mg/day if over age 51, African American, or have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease Sodium and Your Health In addition to standard high blood pressure (hypertension), pulmonary hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the lungs, which also affects the heats. Symptoms include: Shortness of breath Low oxygen levels Chest pain Near-fainting/fainting Heart rhythm problems Possible heart failure Too much sodium can worsen PH. More Information Sodium and Allergens Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Sodium Dangers Food Allergy Recommendations Food Allergy-Safe Recipes General Nutrition Tips Food Allergy Treatment Program Allergy Treatment Programs (Pediatric & Adult) Division of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Find a Doctor Make an Appointment You may use this infographic or our sodium and allergens in BBQs infographic poster (pdf) with permission by completing our content usage request form.