In light of all the bad news about sodium and health over the past year, it's great to see new, lower-sodium snack foods on grocery store shelves. The potato chips above have 90 milligrams of sodium per 20-chip serving (that's just 4% of your daily value) and, when I was hit by that old salty-crunchy craving, these did the trick. But there was one really surprising thing I noticed when looking at the label... The classic, salty potato chips didn't have that much sodium to begin with! A serving of regular potato chips has 180 milligrams, which may sound like a lot but is actually just 8% of the recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium (which most of us easily double each day).
Compare that 180 milligrams to the numbers in some "healthy" processed foods, and you'll be shocked at the items that are hiding way more sodium than a serving of those potato chips. At my grocery store recently I saw a marinara pasta sauce with 480 mg, a low-fat cottage cheese with 420 mg and a fat-free salad dressing with 280 milligrams!
The lesson learned, of course, is not to pour yourself a big bowl of potato chips and call it a healthy lunch, but to look beyond the salty/ not salty taste and packaging of these foods and to give those nutrition labels a long hard look.
Have you spotted any sneaky sources of sodium lately?