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Sodium In Chicken????????

Thursday, February 12, 2015

My husband is on a low-salt diet, so I was alarmed to learn that many cuts of uncooked poultry contain added sodium. I learned that the best way to identify those cuts was to check the labels. They must declare anything that has been added to the meat, such as "a solution of water, salt, and sodium phosphate" injected to help keep the food moist, tender, and tasty during cooking. Meats prepackaged in a processing plant will also carry a separate, nutrition-facts label listing the total amount of sodium, per serving. (That label isn't required on meat packaged at the store.) The amount of injected sodium varies widely: We found chicken breasts with as little as 119 milligrams (mg) of added
sodium per 3-ounce serving, and turkey breasts with as much as 373 mg, in addition to 40 to 50 mg of naturally occurring sodium. Those servings supply roughly 7 and 17%, respectively, of the recommended daily maximum, and that's for people who don't need to restrict their sodium intake.

Stay informed and keep reading the labels.......... emoticon
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    Yep...I learned this, too, much to my surprise and it is so annoying...this can be true if frozen veggies, too!
    1758 days ago
    Reading labels is so important. I haven't been reading the small print for injected sodium in poultry and other meets. Thanks for the alert. Pat
    1761 days ago
    Do you have a farmer's market nearby or a local butcher? Might be a good idea to shop there. Although it naturally contains some as well!
    1761 days ago
    I'm on blood pressure medication and try to keep my sodium below 2000 mg/day as recommended by our doctor. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1500.

    With so much natural salt in our foods, it's really difficult to keep the #'s down. I have found some cold cuts at our local meat merchant that have no added salt, but other than that I stay away from processed meats.

    We eat a lot of fish... healthy, right?... not when it comes to sodium.

    Eating out is another challenge. When we are going to a chain restaurant, I look up the nutritional counts before we leave home, and plan what I will have. Often the foods we think would be the most healthy, like a stir fry, are loaded with salt. One meal can easily contain more than twice the daily allowance for salt. I used to love eating out. Now it isn't as much fun anymore. One solution is to ask for half the meal as take-out for another day.

    At least we're trying... imagine what we were eating before we knew about reading labels! By the way, those delicious pre-basted turkeys or turkey breasts are very high in both salt and fat.

    How's your week going? Good here so far.
    Hugs, Gail

    1761 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/13/2015 9:48:24 AM
    1761 days ago
    1761 days ago
    emoticon for sharing this info!
    1761 days ago
    Yes, it's so important.
    1762 days ago
    I read labels like a hawk as I have to be careful w/sodium too.
    1762 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Glad you read these labels and passed it on. Many people don't read the labels, its a lot of work.
    1762 days ago
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