The following describes how I was almost persuaded to buy food based on price and packaging but spotted a problem right away.
I needed to buy a couple of boxes of chopped tomatoes. I prefer Pomi brand, it’s low sodium and the package is BPA free. My local supermarket sells 2 boxes for $4, which is a fair price in this area. This week the store was promoting another boxed tomato brand I was not familiar with- Dei Fratelli - 2 boxes for $3. Ooh, great deal. Let’s just look closer at the nutrition label.
Oh, disappointing- Dei Fratelli has 290 mg of sodium in a ½ cup serving versus Pomi has 5 mg. That’s a very big difference. Dei Fratelli uses large font to describe the product as Petite Cut Tomatoes, and in itty-bitty font it says “in a light puree.” They must be using the term “light” as code word for salty.
For the few processed foods we purchase, Pomi tomatoes being one of them, I follow the guideline of limiting sodium amounts to no more that 140 mg per serving. The lower the sodium, the better for our health. I’ll use these boxes of tomatoes in Vegetable Fiesta, and Lentil, Quinoa Bolognese Sauce. Neither of these recipes are loaded with added salts.
For most people who follow the Standard American Diet, otherwise known as SAD, they’re not just going to eat ½ cup of chopped tomato for a meal. There might be some pasta, some bread, some cheese, some more bread, and certainly more than a ½ cup of tomatoes. Add up all that sodium, not to mention all the sugar found in refined starches, and their SAD is assaulting their precious health.
Thanks but no thanks, I’ll stick to Pomi brand and shop with an discerning eye on the nutrition labels. And I'll continue load up on as much whole, unadulterated food as possible.
So you want to know how to easily spot problem foods? Read the nutrition facts label and the ingredients then make your purchasing decision based on how the food will support your good health.
- How Much Sodium Are You Eating?
- Environmental Working Group: Timeline: BPA From Invention to Phase-out
- Dei Fratelli Truly Tomatoes
- Pomi Tomatoes
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