Salt, or some form of sodium, is in EVERYTHING. This isn’t earth shattering news, but it is rather surprising at the places and the amount found in some foods. It does occur naturally in some veggies, but those aren’t the issues we’re dealing with. Besides the obvious places like processed and convenience foods. The one place that always shocked me, where I thought I was doing a good thing by eating, was canned tomatoes and mixed beans.
The normal brand of tomatoes I buy, contain 300mg of sodium per 1/2 cup serving. If I buy the tomatoes with Italian spices, it jumps to 390mg. The brand that I bought this afternoon, Eden Organics, contains 0mg per same serving, with garlic & onions it comes to 5mg.
In the junk food department (cuz everyone needs a little bit of junk now and then), my absolute favourite flavour in the world for potato chips, sour cream & onion, comes in at way too much sodium no matter how much I wish for it not to. I found out today that Kettle Chips has an unsalted potato chip that comes in at 5mg per 1oz serving. Yay for me! And as much as people say, “What’s the point?” they’re actually rather tasty. They do have flavour and the lack of salt isn’t really an issue. I was noshing on a few of them earlier and I quite enjoyed them. The Hubbs readily admitted that they were not for him and didn’t care for it. That’s okay, more for me ^_-
The one thing that made me rather sad, when the Kidney Nurse & Doc highly recommended I switch to a low(er) sodium diet, was knowing that Chinese/Asian foods were going to be a really hard experience to try and alter. Hoisin sauce, sweet & sour sauce, fish sauce, black bean & garlic sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce… the list is endless. We won’t discuss my moment of depression when Nurse Lady said I shouldn’t be consuming fish sauce anymore. So that brings us to today. I found a brand called Mr.Spice that offers salt free sauces! *happy dance* To start with, I bought a bottle of Thai Peanut as well as a bottle of Sweet & Sour. I probably should’ve bought a bottle of the Ginger Stir-Fry as well, but it can wait for another trip another time. I’m most excited because the peanut sauce could be used with salad rolls for dipping. *squee!*
So yea.. those were just a few of the things I bought that will hopefully make the transition over to something healthier, a little easier.
(Lemme tell you, family dindin at Mom & Dad’s is going to be interesting… last night was a complete flush down the toilet night — Cooked foods from T&T Market: Fried smelt, Fried squid, stir-fried eggplant, beef & chinese radish, pork with black bean sauce. High salt heaven.)