Saturday, May 19, 2007

anyone for NaCl?

The packages of chicken at Sam's Club look great. That is until you flip them over. The front of each package has the name of the American Heart Association prominently displayed on it along with a message to visit for information about heart-healthy grocery shopping.

When my wife and I joined LA Weight Loss, one of the first things we learned was to radically cut the amount of sodium we eat each day. It helps keep off water weight. A friend of ours has had to cut sodium after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The so-called heart healthy chicken at Sam's has 220 mg of sodium per serving. Salt is even listed as an ingredient. I don't know if salt and chicken broth are injected as preservatives or to add weight and volume to each piece of meat.

As much as we would like to save money by purchasing Sam's chicken, my wife and I now only buy Sanderson Farms chicken, which we get at Food City. It has only 75 mg of sodium per serving. There are no ingredients listed because the only thing in the package is chicken.

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