I am a Registered Dietitian with years of experience in the food manufacturing industry (Kraft Foods and Campbell Soup Company to name two) and I want to continue to talk with you very directly about how to achieve a low sodium lifestyle so that your kidney disease and hypertension are controlled.
Since most of us eat out at least one meal each day and sometimes two or three meals each day, reducing sodium when you do cook at home is critical.
(Admittedly, you can request that restaurants prepare your food without salt or salt-based seasonings but if you have ever tried to do that at a large chain restaurant, you know how difficult that can be since you can taste that sneaky flavor of salt even though the restaurant has said that none was used.)
So, when you do try to prepare dinner after working all day, you want to make something that everyone will love that can be put on the table fairly quickly and still be mindful of salt and sodium. For most of us, meeting these many needs means some use of convenience foods.
Most of you know that Italian foods represent one of the most popular cuisines. And there is no shortage of dried pasta, white sauces, red sauces and pizza kits in the grocery store aisles.
The downside of the traditional spaghetti sauce is that it is typically very high in sodium often in excess of 800 mg per serving. But in contrast to my last post which revealed that low sodium hot dogs are a myth, low sodium spaghetti sauce is a reality if you know what to look for.
The red sauces such as traditional spaghetti sauce are the most popular of all of the products and can actually be the basis of a healthy and fast weeknight or weekend meal. Spaghetti sauce that is low sodium with added lean ground meat paired with whole grain pasta or Dreamfield’s low carb pasta and a salad with salt free basil vinaigrette creates a tasty treat that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Low Sodium Spaghetti Sauces
My research, which includes eating the products that I recommend, shows that the best spaghetti sauces that meet the definition of “low sodium” are the following:
- Francesco Rinaldi Traditional No Salt Added which is a basic red pasta sauce.
- For added kick to your plate, try the Francesco Rinaldi Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic No Salt Added.
- Another product that I have recently discovered is made in North Carolina and deserves a mention since it is low sodium and great tasting which is Chef Ricardo’s Mucho Macho Pasta Sauce (available at Earth Fare).
- Finally, Amy’s manufactures two different pasta sauces that are light in sodium including a basil pasta sauce and a marinara sauce.