Shaking salt from your food
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- But beware, the stuff hides in strange places:
- to taking a low-sodium approach isn't easy. Adding sodium is a cheap way to improve the taste and texture of countless processed and prepared foods, which are where Americans get three-fourths of the sodium in their diets.
- to labeling is the good news. The bad news is that sodium lurks in foods that you'd never think to check.
- Surprising sodium:
- food experts hit supermarkets to ferret out products in which sodium might be a surprise. Among them:
- 200 115 Licorice Twists. Four strands have 200 mg. Strangely, four strands of Twizzlers Strawberry Licorice have only 115 mg.
- 350 300 230 has 350 mg per cup; Post, 300 mg; Total, 230 mg.
- 420 310 380 & Pie Filling Mix. The chocolate flavor contains 420 mg per serving; lemon, 310 mg; chocolate fudge, 380 mg.
- 430 Heart Smart Traditional Italian Sauce. An American Heart Association logo on the label means that saturated fat and cholesterol are restricted, but not that the product is low sodium. This sauce has 430 mg per half-cup.
- 200 140 Original Pancake and Waffle Mix. Prepared as directed, the pancakes have about 200 mg of sodium each. By contrast, pancakes made with Bisquick Heart Smart Pancake and Baking Mix have about 140 mg each.
- 890 350 fare also has surprising sodium levels. McDonald's Premium Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, for example, has 890 mg of sodium—without dressing. A large order of fries has 350 mg.
- What you can do:
- Check your meds. Some drugs contain sodium. Ask your doctor about yours if you're on a sodium-restricted diet.
- Retrain your taste buds. Scale back the amount of salt used at the table and in cooking. Research shows that after three months, most people no longer miss salt.
Adapted from consumerreports.org
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