Nearly half the salt in the U.S. diet comes from just 10 foods. Do you monitor your salt intake?

As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world's history. Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times. In fact, the word "salary" was derived from the word "salt."

In America, nearly half the salt in our diet comes from just 10 foods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bread, pizza, sandwiches, cold cuts/cured meats and soup make up the top five, followed by burritos/tacos, savory snacks, chicken, cheese and eggs/omelets.

The recommended intake of salt is 1,500 mg a day. The average American consumes 3,400 mg a day, which increases the risk of hypertension and other health related challenges. Do you monitor your intake? How do you control your eating habits to improve your health. We'd like to hear from our readers.