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Sodium Content Shopping Trip Report

Updated on January 10, 2018

My Guide to Food Shopping

My shopping is sometimes guided by my taste for certain foods. This is especially true when I've had a craving for several days.

Several days ago, I was at a local Eat 'N Park and noticed their sign for their daily soup selections and the fact that you can purchase a quart of the soup for the day for a special discounted price. The next day's selection was to be potato soup. I inquired as to the consistency of their potato soup if it was creamy or had chunks in it. The answer was it was chunky. This tended to peak my interest and increased my craving. Intent on returning the next morning for my find as my lunch I took my purchases home.

Change in Plans: Canned Potato Soup

The morning of my intended soup day arrived and my frugal self took over my intended plans of purchasing the soup at Eat 'N Park. So off to the local Giant Eagle I went to find my lunch for the day.

I went up and down the soup aisle looking for what I wanted and only found a few selections for Potato Soup. There was a can of Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Because of my recent visit to my doctor, I was forced turn the can around to read the sodium content. Oh dear, it had a whopping 980 mg of sodium per serving. The can held two servings, like I was going to not eat the whole can once it was opened. Ouch! I was forced to put that one back and go on down the aisle.

There were cans of Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Soup which was only slightly lower in sodium coming in around 960 mg of sodium per serving.

Way below those on the lower shelves were cans of Light Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Soup. These came in at 690 mg of sodium per serving.

So I put all the cans of potato soup back and decided to go to the front of the store where I saw diet lunches on sale for about the same price as the can of soup.

Smart Ones Salisbury Steak

In the front of the store, there were several selections for diet lunches made by Smart Ones. I've eaten these before and never turned the box over to look at the content. Why should I? They are diet lunches for crying out loud. Or are they?

My favorite selection on the Smart Ones menu is Salisbury Steak. In the past they were packaged with asparagus as the side but recently the lunch was changed to include macaroni and cheese. I don't know if you are aware of this but frozen packaged macaroni and cheese is very high in sodium content.

Turning the package over, I found to my horror that the sodium content in this package was 1190 mg of sodium. To make matters worse there is only one serving in the package.

That was enough for me. I put the package back and left the frozen food aisle.

Final Decision: Light Canned Soup

Back I went to the soup aisle and again I perused the labels on the soup cans. In the end I decided on a can of Light Potato, Broccoli and Cheese Soup for my lunch at a measly $2.39.

I was happy with my selection and my craving was satisfied. I don't think I will be buying either the soup or diet lunch packages again since I now know the hazards of not looking at the back of the package.

My doctor's visit is this coming Monday. Who knows if I will again alter my new found healthy shopping advice. Happy shopping.


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