RE: Important: Read labels
Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM
I usually try and buy the no salt or low salt Hunts tomatoes and Bush beans. Well yesterday I read the labels more closely and they have low salt, but High Potassium which a nutritionist said you need to watch too. I look at the cheaper store brands and they have salt that is less then the potassium and salt added together. So it is really important to check salt and the amount of fats in products you are using and also sugar levels.
I am going to try and buy fresh tomatoes and make my own from now on and buy dried beans so I can keep the sodium and fats down even more. I read labels before, but I am doing better at comparing products when reading label and watching the the hidden things in them.
Well have a great day. Vegetarian Times has a low fat pumpkin pie recipe.
That's true but what you're looking for is a 3:1 ratio (more or less) of potassium to sodium. You don't want either to be TOO high, out of balance, but you do want to aim for your day to be about 3 times the potassium as sodium intake. That makes a handy rule of thumb for reading labels - look at the sodium level, look at the potassium level. Do either seem unusually out of balance? Is the sodium level more than 1/3 of your target? Is the ratio of potassium to sodium about 3 to 1 (or at least 2 to 1)?
And, too, look for the source of those things - are they naturally present (something with banana for instance would have lots of potassium) or are they adding it via the chemistry lab?
Working with mostly whole unprocessed ingredients rather than prepared foods makes things a lot easier in many respects. I don't have to get out my reading glasses to know what's in a tomato or an apple or a bunch of kale or even a package of dry beans. It is what it is. Which means that whatever we make from those ingredients is exactly that and nothing more or less.