Understanding Food Label Terms – Sodium
Checking packaged food labels can help you maintain your diet of choice. Most of us are aware that most labels list ingredients in descending order by weight (not by amount), but don’t forget to check the serving size as well. And what about those tricky terms? Well labeling laws help to bring into focus the food term fuzzies.
- Reduced Sodium – at least 25% less sodium than found in a similar food’s original form.
- Light in Sodium – 50% less sodium per serving, referring to foods with more than 40 calories or 3 grams of fat per serving.
- Low Sodium – 140 mg or less per serving
- Very Low Sodium – 35 mg or less per serving
- Unsalted or No Salt Added – doesn’t necessarily mean a food is sodium-free, but only that no salt was used during the processing. If not salt-free, the label will state: “Not a sodium-free food.”
- Sodium Free or Salt Free – less than 5 mg per serving.
Source: Food Lover’s Companion, by S. Tyler Herbst and R. Herbs