Less Salt, More Flavor: 11 Dietitian Product Picks

By Ann Lokuta, MPH, RD, LDN

Especially when it comes to convenience, products with responsible levels of sodium can be extremely difficult to lay your hands on. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume less than 1500 mg a day to help reduce blood pressure and improve heart health. For a day of eating that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks, that boils down to around 450 mg at meals and 150 mg for snacks.

Start looking at labels and conduct a sodium audit at home to see if surprising amounts of sodium are hiding where you didn’t realize (hint: spaghetti sauces, dips, canned foods, breads, lunch meat, etc.). Remember that it’s always better to get low or no sodium added products and to add a little salt at home as your taste buds adapt to less salty foods. Next time you’re at the grocery store, add these products to your cart to start eating less salt and more flavor:

Food for Life Breads & English Muffins 75-80 mg per slice/per half muffin

Larabar Fruit & Greens Bar10-20 mg per bar

KIND Plus Bars0-20 mg per bar

Newman’s Own Mild Salsa90 mg per 2 tbsp

Hope or Sabra Hummus130 mg per 2 tbsp

Triscuit Hint of Salt Crackers50 mg per 6 crackers

RW Garcia Tortilla Chips50 mg per 8 chips

Skinny Pop Popcorn75-95 mg per 3 ½ cups

Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Marinara240 mg per ½ cup

Amy’s Organic Light in Sodium Marinara290 mg per ½ cup

Eden Organic Beans No Salt Added15 mg per ½ cup

Ask your LMC dietitian for more tips and tricks on how to reduce your sodium intake each day without sacrificing taste. Don’t forget to also take advantage of LMC dietitian led grocery store tours to help better navigate the store and make lower sodium choices.