4 lower-salt food swaps
77 percent of the sodium we consume comes from prepared and processed foods. Here are four food switches to help slash some sodium from your diet
Instead of: Green Giant Cut Green Beans, from a can, has 220 mg of sodium per 1/2 cup (125 mL) serving. Yes, beans are extremely healthy, but if you’re looking to cut your sodium intake, consider frozen.
Try: Green Giant Cut Green Beans, from the frozen foods aisle, has far less salt for more beans: a miniscule 4 mg of sodium for 3/4 cup (175 mL). Load up on them!
Instead of: Hamburger Helper Lasagne has 1,090 mg of sodium per one-cup (250 mL) prepared serving. That’s close to half of the maximum healthy amount for a whole day-in just one meal.
Try: Tuna Helper Au Gratin has 620 mg of sodium in the same-sized serving. That doesn’t exactly mean it is low in sodium, but you do save almost 500 mg.
Instead of: No Name Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup might be good on a cold day, but at 920 mg of sodium per one-cup (250 mL) prepared bowl, you may want to pass.
Try: President’s Choice Mushroom Barley Soup will satisfy your need for comfort food, with only about half the sodium (480 mg) for the same-sized serving.
Instead of: Christie Vegetable Thins may be small in size, but if you snack on 13 of these crackers (which is one serving), you’ll consume 210 mg of sodium.
Try: Christie Triscuit Rye with Caraway Seeds. A similar-sized serving (four crackers) cuts the salt in half, with only 100 mg of sodium.