Wednesday, December 13

Five Foods For a Low Sodium Diet

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It is relatively easy to find low-fat foods and low-calorie foods. More and more one can even find low-carb foods. But what about low-sodium foods? They are becoming a little more common, but there still are not a lot of options available at most grocery stores. Which is a shame, because more and more doctors are suggesting low-sodium diets, especially for those who suffer from heart disease or are candidates for heart disease.

But never fear! There are some low-sodium items available at the grocery store, and here are five of them.

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats

One would think that breakfast cereals would not contain much sodium, but most of them do. Pay attention when cereal shopping, because even many of the ones labeled as “heart healthy” still contain a fair amount of sodium. But one big exception is Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats. This particular cereal comes in a variety of flavors, and all of them except for the chocolate variety have either no sodium or very low sodium, as low as 10 mg per serving. And thank goodness for the variety here. You can have regular Frosted Mini-Wheats, Blueberry, Strawberry, Little Bites and more.

Heinz No Salt Tomato Ketchup

Yes, ketchup is more of a condiment than an actual food, but it’s used so commonly and so often that many of us forget it is full of sodium. The folks at Heinz have come up with a great product for those on a low-sodium diet, ketchup with no salt. This product is a little difficult to find, not being available in all stores, so if you don’t see it on your local grocery shelves, make sure to ask a manager to order it for you. A word of warning, however, because this ketchup is quite sweet; it’s almost as if Heinz took out the salt and replaced it with sugar. The flavor might take a little getting used to, but it’s still ketchup and it’s not awful by any means.

Garden Fresh Gourmet Unsalted Tortilla Chips

For those who love their tortilla chips, it can be downright impossible to find low sodium chips in most grocery stores. And usually when you do find low-sodium chips, they don’t taste all that great. Well, here are some chips that taste pretty decent and are great for snacking. Best yet, these chips have absolutely no sodium in them. Garden Fresh Gourmet chips are usually not on the chips aisle in most grocery stores, but can usually be found on display in the deli section. These chips are common to nearly all Kroger stores.

Natural Jif

If you are on a low-sodium diet, you might be thinking you have to give up peanut butter. But that’s not necessarily true. Jif makes a peanut butter called “Natural Jif” that has only 80 mg of sodium per serving in the creamy variety, and 65 mg of sodium per serving in the crunchy variety. That’s about as good as it gets for real peanut butter.

Ezekiel 4:9 Low Sodium Bread

If you’ve got peanut butter, then you’ll want bread, right? But it is more than difficult to find bread that is low sodium or sodium free. Fortunately, the folks from the Food for Life bakery are here to help. They make a bread that actually has no sodium in it whatsoever. The taste is a bit bland, but it’s not awful. If you’d like bread with more flavor, the regular Ezekiel 4:9 bread, the non-low-sodium version, still only has 75 mg of sodium per slice, which is still considerably lower than most breads on the market.

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