Sunday, May 13, 2012

Prepackaged Foods

Go to the cupboard and look for a can of ravioli, or a box of prepackaged mac and cheese and bring it back to the computer... I'll wait.

If you couldn't find one then give yourself a pat on the back.

If you did find one, take a look on the back label and read the nutrition information; you'll be looking for sodium content.

Did you find it? Is it around 600 mg? Are you surprised?

Ok, maybe it's not so bad after all. I mean, the recommended daily intake of sodium for a normal adult is about 1500 mg, depending on who you ask.

But wait... the value on the package says, "Per serving"... take another look.

How many servings does that package contain?

Most prepackaged "single serving" entrees contain at least 2 servings per container.

A little quick math gives us 1200mg of sodium per container, more than half the recommended daily intake for a healthy adult.

Who opens a can of ravioli and just eats half? Nobody, that's who.

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