All five tastes–sweet, sour, bitter, umami, and yes, salty–can be found in whole foods. Let’s break it down–then let’s make an unprocessed bloody Mary and put all five tastes to good use.
The most surprising of The Salty Six was bread. One slice of bread or one bun can have anywhere from 170 to 400 mg of sodium!
Bush’s Beans compared the amount of sodium remaining in canned beans after five different consumer preparation methods. Here are the results.
I always thought Soy Sauce was supposed to come from fermented soy beans. The closest these little packets get to that was the inclusion of hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
If you’ve been following my restaurant menu reviews recently, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been harping on the extreme amount of sodium in many of the foods. That’s led a few people to ask me, “What’s the big deal?”
Most recommendations are that you eat less than 2,400mg of sodium per day (that’s about one level teaspoon of table salt), so if you eat about as many milligrams as you eat in calories each day, you’re doing pretty well.
Limiting salt in packaged and restaurant foods is perhaps the single most important dietary improvement that the Food and Drug Administration could bring about.
I had dinner at Baja Fresh with a good friend last night. As soon as I walked in, I looked around to find the nutrition information which — to BF’s credit — was sitting right on the counter.