Avoiding sodium might not be as easy as it sounds. Many men believe that all you need to do is stop using the salt shaker and sodium intake will be reduced dramatically. While avoiding the salt shaker can help reduce sodium intake, it isn’t the only thing that contains sodium. Certain foods and condiments contain high amounts of sodium.
Watching food labels can help you to avoid eating foods and condiments that are high in sodium. The problem many men encounter is de-coding what the various jargon found on the food label means. If you are trying to avoid foods and condiments that are high in sodium, here is a closer look at exactly what the various labels such as sodium-free, very low-sodium , reduced sodium, and no salt added means.
Foods that use the term sodium-free are required by the FDA to contain less than 5 milligrams per serving. This can be very deceptive as many people assume that sodium-free means that no sodium was used in making the product. Even though it’s only 5 milligrams it can quickly add up depending upon what the serving size of the product was.
Very Low-Sodium Labels
Food manufacturers and companies will add the label very low-sodium to foods that contain less than 35 milligrams per serving. Thirty-five milligrams per serving is considered fairly low for a food product, but it can quickly add up if you are not paying attention to how many servings you are eating. Make sure to read the labels fully and understand what a serving size is for the product you are consuming.
Reduced Sodium Labels
The term reduced sodium is added to food products that have had their original amounts of sodium reduced by 25%. Products that have had their sodium amounts reduced by 50% or more will still receive the label of reduced sodium. Many manufacturers can reduce sodium by switching ingredients or using sea salt instead of traditional salt.
No Salt Added Labels
Manufacturers can add the product labels of no salt added, without added salt, and unsalted to products that have been made without the addition of salt. This can be extremely deceiving as people assume that these types of products contain no sodium at all. In reality, these products just haven’t had salt added to them. They can have high amounts of sodium if the products or ingredients naturally had sodium in them.