Thanksgiving menu: try low-sodium olives to cut salt

Thanksgiving menu planning can be tricky when you’re on a low-sodium, low-fat, and low-sugar diet. I wrote recently about searching for fresh turkey to avoid frozen and brined ones that can be loaded with salt.

Low soidum olives will save you 25 mgs per serving. It can add up
Low soidum olives will save you 25 mgs per serving. It can add up

But salt is in most everything on a Thanksgiving table, depending on how carefully you shop. Condiments like pickles and olives are loaded with salt, for example. Add them to a harmless salad and you have a salt bomb waiting to explode in you.

The Heart Healthy market sells low-sodium pickles and a sodium free poultry gravy mix. For olives, I’ve found low sodium ones from Musco (called Pearls) in my local supermarket, Jewel. I had been buying them on Amazon, but buying local is always cheaper because you save the shipping costs.

How much lower in sodium are they? The photo I took tells the tale. Three regular olives have 95 mgs of sodium while four low-salt ones have 70 mgs. So does 25mgs matter? I say yes, especially if you plan to eat more than a meager three olives on your salad.

Watch every milligram of sodium when meal planning.

The low sodium olives will cost anywhere from 50% to 100% more at retail than the regular ones. I paid $1.50 a can on sale, normal price is $1.99 compared to regular olives which regularly are on sale for 99 cents.
John

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