Sodium is very readily in our diet and the average American diet gets about twice the amount of sodium than the recommended guideline. Did you know that just a teaspoon of salt is equivalent to 2300 milligrams of sodium – which is your entire day’s worth of sodium! I cringe each time I watch a cooking show and they throw handfuls of salt in the pot to season the water for pasta – yikes!
We do have to remember that sodium is an essential element for all human life. Sodium allows for the transmission of nerve impulses and also plays many more roles in the body. So we do need sodium in our diet just not double the amount. Sodium is in everything and it sure adds up quickly. Here are some definitions to help you out.
Sodium free or no sodium
Less than 5 milligrams of sodium and no sodium chloride in ingredients
Very low sodium
35 milligrams or less of sodium
140 milligrams or less of sodium
Reduced or less sodium
At least 25 percent less sodium than the regular product
This is a great website to clear up confusion about reading a nutrition facts label – notice in the daily value % – 20% or more is high. Good rule to follow for sodium.
For sauces, taco seasonings, hamburger seasoning and more – I really enjoy using simple spice blends such as Mrs. Dash seasonings. I have been using the southwest chipotle spice quite a bit when I make my own taco seasoning or perfect when making homemade fries.