Sodium 101

December 05, 2011

Not sure about the different salts, or how to best store your table salt? Here’s your 101 with all you need to know

What is Sodium? A critical electrolyte for good health found in processed foods as well as table salt.

How to Buy: mostly in paperboard containers as well as glass containers for the unrefined varieties.

How to Read the Label: Sodium is in nearly every canned or packaged food product, so check the per-serving amount, particularly in breads, canned vegetables, beans, and soups; deli and lunch meats; processed cheeses; frozen prepared foods, including pizzas, and savory snacks like pretzels and potato chips. Yeast breads and dairy can contain high amounts of sodium.

Choices: Granulated iodized is the most common; kosher rock, or sea salts have a milder flavor, and many come from France or the Himalayas, and range from dull white to dark gray or pink; colors are due to trace minerals.

How to Use: Sparingly! Sprinkle salt lightly as a finishing and season instead with fresh or dried herbs, garlic and onions, or chili to perk up your foods. Always taste your food before you salt it!

How to Store: in a cool dry cupboard away from heat or light.

Health Benefits: We all need salt, but less than 2,300 mg or 1,500 mg per day depending on what the Dr. has ordered!

Smarter Shopping: Instead of a salt shaker, use a tiny spoon so you can visualize the amount used.

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