While shopping for chicken in the store I became aware that many popular brands inject their products with high-sodium chicken broth. This was the case for chicken parts as well as whole chicken. The addition of this broth makes the sodium go from about 75 mg per serving to over 200 mg per serving.
It is best to check the label of the chicken to see if the ingredients include chicken broth or salt/sodium.
If you are buying ready-cooked chicken, the sodium is likely to be even higher.
The package might state, “All Natural Fresh Chicken is chicken the way you want it. Minimally processed. No added hormones or steroids. No artificial ingredients.” but the added sodium is a concern for all, particularly those who have high blood pressure or those who don’t want to get it! Make sure you read the Nutrition Facts Panel on chicken products so you can keep the sodium to 200 mg or less per serving. Keep sauces and other prepared foods that accompany them low in sodium, too, so your diet stays within the recommended ranges of the new Dietary Guidelines of 2,000 mg per less for most individuals and 1,500 mg or less for those with high blood pressure.
FMI see tyson.com or nationalchickencouncil.com.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.