Sunday, August 17, 2008

Salt: Sneaking into my food when I least expect it

As many of my friends and family know, salt is my arch-nemesis. If I have too much salt, I feel terrible. So, I am always on the lookout for it.

On our recent family vacation roadtrip, I wanted to take along a low-salt alternative to chips, that wasn't sweet. In walking through the cereal aisle, I spied a box of Rice Chex cereal. Not Chex Mix (which definitely has a ton of salt), but just the cereal. And I thought ... hey, this would be perfect.

Not so!

Just ONE CUP (one serving) of Rice Chex cereal has 240mg of salt; that is 10% of the USA recommended daily allowance of salt in just one cup.

This is TWICE as much as one serving of my beloved Route 11 Salt & Vinegar Chips.
In fact it is more than the salt in two servings of these chips ... i.e. the whole bag ... which is definitely more food than just one cup of Chex.

Surely Chex cereal doesn't need this much salt to be edible, does it?

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