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7/31/10 4:59 P

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Totally agree!

I love any labels that say low/lightly salted, low fat, low sugar, etc. If it is low in one thing it is most always high in something else.

My favorite was looking at Cape Cod potato chips, as hubby and son love these, along with my father in-law. I was debating low fat versus regular. What I found is that the regular was acutally the better deal! It has less sodium, less carb, and healthier fats. Granted the total fat, for the reduced fat variety, was less, but if you broke it down, the lower fat was only lower by 0.5 mg of saturated, though much lower on the healthy fat spectrum (mono and polyunsaturated fats). The sodium was about 30 or more mg higher, the carbs count was a gram or two higher. So I just buy the regular for them. I would rather them eat healthier fats rather than higher sodium and carbs.

Another favorite of mine is the lower sodium soy sauces and terriyaki sauces. Depending on the brand, I found that some regular brands are lower than the name brand reduced variety, by a significant amount too!

When it comes to any food, especially when sodium is concerned, always read the labels!

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7/30/10 12:38 A

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My favorite is "lightly salted." You look at the NI and wonder what they consider "heavily salted."

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ's Photo HLTHYLIVNCCJ Posts: 5,366
7/28/10 2:39 P

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Salads are notorious for hidden sodium. Some of the worst offenders at restaurants are not the main dishes, but the salads!

Everyone I know will tell me to try a new restaurant and I will share my concern with the sodium counts and their answer is always, "Well, you can eat salad!" Not reallY!

The fresh lettuce, fresh veggies, etc. are all safe. The danger lies in anything that is canned, pickled, meats, cheeses, salad dressings, etc. The more you top your salads with these items, the worse they are!



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7/24/10 3:50 P

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How about the canned soups or beans that say 'lower sodium'. And they are, but not by much. Instead of 800mg/half cup they might be 600. Not such a good thing!

I've been meaning to point out to people who are new at this that vinegar tastes salty, but isn't, so you can use it for flavoring, like for fish, in pasta salads, potato salad, probably other things, too.

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7/23/10 8:04 A

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I agree that it's so important to read labels on the backs of products - so many times I have picked up something that has said "half the sodium" only to find out that it's not 'half' at all. Or even "40% less sodium" still turns out to be 490mg per 1/2 cup yet the regular is 590mg for the same amount. I'm beginning to think that math was not one of better subjects of the people who do the figuring here. LOL

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7/23/10 7:16 A

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I had read somewhere that if your order the Oriental Chicken and orange salad, don't use the chinese noodles and order Fat Free French dressing with it instead of the dressing served with it is only 360 calories. I do this and it is delicious. In reading the article and the list of salad fixing's, I think it is the cheeses that is really raising the sodium. 1 ounce of most cheeses is 180 mg of sodium.

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7/22/10 11:34 P

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That is crazy. I went to Save a lot the other day & wanted to buy some gravy in a packet. So I picked up the one that said 1/2 the sodium. I read it & was surprised that it was twice the sodium. It had 220 per tablespoon & the others had 220 per 2 tablespoon. We just have to read the labels on the back of the container & the serving size.

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7/22/10 8:36 P

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I really liked that apple and pecan one....until I read how much sodium was in it! Now I'm making my own salads at home, and saving a lot of money in the bargain. emoticon

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7/22/10 8:32 P

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That's just unbelievable! Won't be partaking in salad's at Wendy's!

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Thank you for sharing! emoticon





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7/22/10 11:32 A

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Could not believe the amount of sodium in these salads that so many people think are "healthy"!! Just wanted to 'share and make aware' if you haven't had the time to read this yet.

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
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