Checking For Salty Sauces

Although it's an essential nutrient required in everyone's diet, most people consume far too much salt on a daily basis. Over time, this over-consumption can lead to high blood pressure and other adverse health issues. That's why it's important to check the sodium levels of packaged goods.

An analysis of ready-made pasta sauces conducted in the UK by Mintel found that the highest levels of sodium reported on nutrition facts panels were 30 times higher than the lowest levels: 0.1 grams compared to 3 grams per 100 gram serving.

The Bigger Picture: Of the 190 different brands evaluated, 73 offered no information on salt and 52 did not quantify a portion size. Both issues were considered inadequate labeling. As a general rule, this study determined that supermarket private label pasta sauces contained lower levels of salt than major brands. 25% less, on average. That's food for thought on pasta night.
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