Finding a low-salt salsa — Hola, they are out there

Salt, and too much salt, has found its way into almost everything we eat today, even places you wouldn’t expect it. Salsa, that catchall term for generally peppery Mexican sauce, can have tons of salt, for example.

One brand you can buy at Costco, for example, has 100 mgs of salt in every two tablespoons. Think about how much salsa you can down with chips, which are also high in salt, and you see the salt building up in your system.

Places like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods do have lower-salt salsa, though. I’ve found one brand, Green Mountain Gringo, which has 75 mgs of sodium in every two tablespoons. Another, Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa, has only 30 mgs in two tablespoons, however. It also says no salt added on its label.

Desert Pepper low-sodium salsa
Desert Pepper low-sodium salsa
Desert Pepper salsa nutrition information
Desert Pepper salsa nutrition information

My latest find is the Desert Pepper brand’s peach mango salsa with only 25 mgs of salt per two tablespoons. The peach and mango combination give it a nice flavor as well, slightly different from your run-of-the-mill salsa. At $4.99 a jar at Whole Foods, it is more expensive than salty salsa, but if you’re watching your salt, that’s the price you need to pay.

Thanksgiving Menu: Can you make a low-sodium bread stuffing?

The traditional Thanksgiving menu wouldn’t be the traditional menu without some sort of stuffing for the turkey. But pre-made stuffing mixes are loaded with sodium because they’re generally bread-based and most bread is high in sodium.

I bought some Stove Top stuffing that is labeled as low-sodium, but that’s a relative term. Half a cup of it contains 250 mgs of sodium. That’s only four ounces, I can’t imagine not wanting to eat more than that on Thanksgiving.

Trader Joe's sodium-free whole wheat bread.
Trader Joe’s sodium-free whole wheat bread.

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