Monday, July 16, 2012

Do You Really Know How Much Sodium Is In Foods? Try This Test.

You may be surprised to learn how much sodium is in many foods.  

Which food has more sodium?
1 large slice raisin bread or 1 small slice of french bread?

Answer: French bread

Which type of cheese has the most sodium?
1 slice low fat American cheese (pasteurized and processed) or 1 slice low fat Swiss cheese?

Answer: American cheese.  It is a highly processed "cheese-like" product.

True or false: More sodium can be found in potato salad than mashed potatoes. 

Answer:  True. Salt is often added to commercially prepared potato salad for taste.  For a healthier version, make your own.

Which snack has more sodium?  
1 oz. potato chips or 1 oz of hard pretzels?

Answer: Hard pretzels can have more sodium for the same total weight than potato chips, because salt is added to hard pretzels for texture, not just for taste.

Which type of salad dressing contains more sodium?
2 TB reduced-fat Italian dressing or 2 TB of reduced-fat ranch dressing?

Answer: The Italian dressing.  Most prepared salad dressings can be  high in sodium, depending on the dressing type.

True or false:  2 slices of ham have more sodium than 2 slices of oven roasted turkey breast.

Answer: True. Sodium in processed meats like ham, bacon and hot dogs can come from salt added for taste and sodium containing ingredients used as preservatives.

Which ready-made soup has more sodium--  Tomato soup or chicken noodle soup?

Answer: Chicken Noodle Soup. All canned variety soups can be high in sodium. Look for reduced sodium versions.


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