What is the Difference Between Salt and Sodium?
Sodium and salt are not exactly the same but are often used interchangeably when talking about high blood pressure and food. 90% of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt.
Which Foods are Highest in Sodium?
- Cold cuts
- Salami, pepperoni
- Hot dogs
- Salad dressing
- Soy sauce
- Some seasonings
- Garlic salt
- Onion salt
- Cajun spice blends
- Bread and rolls
- Canned vegetables
- Canned meats
- Pasta meal kits
- Tomato or spaghetti sauce
- Frozen meals (pizza, stir fry, TV dinners)
What Does it Mean When a Food Package Says "Low Sodium?"
There are very strict rules about what companies can say about the amount of sodium in a food. Here are the phrases you may see on the front of the label, and what they mean.
- Sodium-free or salt-free: Each serving contains less than 5 mg of sodium.
- Very low sodium: Each serving contains 35 mg of sodium or less.
- Low sodium: Each serving contains 140 mg of sodium or less.
- Reduced or less sodium: The product contains at least 25 percent less sodium than the regular version.
- Lite or light in sodium: The product contains at least 50 percent less sodium than the regular version.
- Be sure to check the labels on "reduced" and "light" sodium products to see how much sodium is in a serving - it still could be quite a lot!
- Unsalted or no salt added: No salt is added during processing of a food that normally contains salt. Some foods with these labels may still be high in sodium because some of the other ingredients may be high in sodium.