Nutrition Tip September 4 2010

04
Sep
2010

Sodium

The amount of sodium in a given food can be found on the Nutrition Label. As you begin looking at foods you commonly eat and their levels, you may be surprised to find 1 serving of canned soup (often only half the can) may have 600-800 mg Sodium.  Whoa.

When Labeling a product, food manufacturers must adhere to the FDA guidelines for Sodium terms:

 Sodium-free – less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving

 Very low-sodium – 35 milligrams or less per serving

 Low-sodium – 140 milligrams or less per serving

 Reduced sodium – usual sodium level is reduced by 25 percent

 Unsalted, no salt added or without added salt – made without the salt that’s normally used, but still contains the sodium that’s a natural part of the food itself.

c/o Kelli Jennings www.apexnutritionllc.com

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