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BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,370
1/16/12 12:58 P

RAINBOWCHARMER, I think you'd have to enter the beans manually, reduce the sodium level by 40% and use that value instead of the one that you used.

RAINBOWCHARMER SparkPoints: (53,742)
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1/16/12 12:16 P

Resurrecting an old topic here, but I made chili last night and the sodium content is through the roof in the nutritional tracker, however I rinsed the beans EXTREMELY well - a few minutes with hot water in a colander, so I know that I reduced the sodium, but is there any way to reflect that in the nutrition tracker or in the recipe calculator??

MISLED Posts: 29
10/22/11 8:08 P

Thank you Becky.
I was looking for what % less rinsing would reduce sodium.

CALGIRL80 Posts: 443
3/31/11 4:06 P

Thanks for asking this question. I usually rinse beans and veggies in a can simply because of all the preservatives, plus they taster "weird" as my mom always rinsed them also.

LAURA_LYNN SparkPoints: (10,483)
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3/31/11 3:27 P

Thanks Becky!

Thanks for the replies everyone!

lol @ whoever said rinsing spaghettios

Great idea whoever said buying low sodium canned food and rinsing them, too.

And whoever said that veggies dont last as long in the fridge after being rinsed. That makes sense, since the sodium/salt is preserving the food while in the cans. Maybe putting them in plastic ziplock bags will help keep them fresh after putting them in the fridge? Hmm...I put all leftovers in ziplog bags in the fridge, it just keeps everything fresher, so I'll just do that for any leftover rinsed canned veggies.

TSBEZO Posts: 41
3/31/11 10:10 A

Thank you for the information

LYNBR812 Posts: 100
3/31/11 9:39 A

Yes, I always rinse canned vegs,too! However, be careful, as they do not last as long in the fridge, once rinsed. I use the chick peas and kidney beans in salads...good protein and fiber for fewer calories.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
3/31/11 9:29 A

I always rinse my canned kidney beans.. till they stop foaming, even though they are low sodium.. 300 mg per can.. the beans look healthier after the bath..lol

All my other canned vegetables..NS varieties.. very little NA

p.s. wish this worked for spaghettios

LIBBY_F SparkPoints: (38,571)
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3/31/11 8:39 A

Wow! This is great information to know.

SUECHRIS50 SparkPoints: (57,648)
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3/31/11 8:20 A

I try to always buy lower sodium canned veggies but i still rinse them!

ANABELLE055 Posts: 228
3/30/11 6:23 P

wow, apparently it does! thanks for bringing this to my attention.

RAGIONERE SparkPoints: (10,815)
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3/30/11 6:08 P

It never even occurred to me to rinse canned foods. Great idea! Thank you for asking the question, and providing the idea!

TARISAANDE Posts: 498
3/30/11 3:41 P

I always rinse. It definitely reduces sodium, I can TASTE the difference. Also, beans foam up when I rinse them. I don't know what is in the liquid that does that, but I guess I'd rather not eat it. It reminds me of detergent.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,688
3/30/11 3:00 P

Place in collander and rinse for about 1 minute = 40% decrease in sodium content.
Dietitian Becky

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,737
3/30/11 2:32 P

Yes it does.

CELLA9533 SparkPoints: (13,981)
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3/30/11 2:15 P

I always rinse canned beans because of the sodium and that yucky stuff that coats the beans but I don't know if it "officially" reduces the sodium.

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3/30/11 2:11 P

My nutritionist told me to always rinse my canned veggies and beans in water!

LAURA_LYNN SparkPoints: (10,483)
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3/30/11 2:05 P

Does rinsing canned foods in water reduce sodium? Does anyone know by what percentage the sodium is reduced?

:)

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