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The elephant in the room, sodium in rotisserie chicken

Started 1304531929.9 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1304891315.3 by gkelly5744

I have blithely ignored my sodium intake for years, even though I'm on blood pressure med. I don't think its particularly high, I don't salt anything at the table. But let one person you know have a stroke and suddenly sodium can't be ignored anymore. Does anyone know how much sodium there is in a serving or in a whole rotisserie chicken from the grocery store deli? Our state doesn't require labeling info on deli foods prepared right in the store.

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Scooby Doo1304543081.9571140 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006Western U.S.

I just bought one from Costco and the label says it has 460 mg (19%) sodium content per serving. One serving is 3 oz.

Probably not the healthiest, but at least it's not fried and sitting in fat. I pull the skin off so that cuts back a little. But it's still injected with not so good stuff.
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Crazy for ­QVC1304543363.058652 PostsRegistered 11/3/2007

So going by that label there is 460mg's in 3 oz of chicken...OMG...That's a LOT of sodium...A normal daily intake of sodium should be around 2200mg's so if you eat 6oz of chicken you are almost halfway there.

monalisa14­521304543450.6531460 PostsRegistered 8/29/2007

The Wegmans Plain for 3 oz had 50mg for white meat 60 mg for dark

Crazy for ­QVC1304543692.1538652 PostsRegistered 11/3/2007

It's so easy to just roast your own chicken and know that only the seasoning you add is what's in it...

robbie1304546724.333480 PostsRegistered 2/9/2005

Be especially careful of any frozen ready to eat dinners or stir fry. They have an enormous amount of sodium. Try to make as much homemade food as you can; you can always prepare and freeze your own dinners.

Lynneuk1304546816.3078254 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

They just said on the news that sodium may not be as bad for you as they thought!

I don't agree though. I always feel terrible after restaurant meals that always seem to have tons of sodium. The next day I am bloated and feel sluggish.

I feel much better eating healthy home cooked food.

colliemom31304547465.1616145 PostsRegistered 9/7/2010
On 5/4/2011 Lynneuk said:

They just said on the news that sodium may not be as bad for you as they thought!

I don't agree though. I always feel terrible after restaurant meals that always seem to have tons of sodium. The next day I am bloated and feel sluggish.

I feel much better eating healthy home cooked food.

Lynneuk, I feel better eating at home too. I totally understand what you are saying about that bloated sluggish feeling. I rarely eat at restaurants.

Maggie Nol­ia1304565798.3914669 PostsRegistered 1/30/2006
On 5/4/2011 Lynneuk said:

They just said on the news that sodium may not be as bad for you as they thought!

Beware of what they say. Yesterday's best thing for you is often today's worst thing for you and vice versa.

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gonnab1304603181.8133018 PostsRegistered 8/10/2007Conn.

Where did they say that sodium might not be bad for you???? I had heart surgery in November and am a very restricted sodium and fat diet. Doctor wants no more that 1200 mg sodium per day. That's almost nothing, considering that most foods have natural sodium in them. Even though I watch it carefullly and don't add any salt, I must say that there have been few days that I have been able to stay under that limit. They told me that I would soon not miss salt but they lied! Even though it has been 6 mos post-surgery, I STILL miss adding salt. There are some foods that scream "add salt" (tomatoes, eggs, popcorn, i.e.)

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Pelham1304605456.697833 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006

Sodium is such a quirky entity. Had gotten hubbie used to reducing sodium because of his high BP. Now, his pituitary gland isn't regulating his sodium properly so his doc has him on 2 BP meds, Lasix and a SALT tablet. Plus, he has to restrict liquids. Seems like we can't win for losing.

Brabls1304640189.79714740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007
On 5/5/2011 gonnab said:

Where did they say that sodium might not be bad for you???? I had heart surgery in November and am a very restricted sodium and fat diet. Doctor wants no more that 1200 mg sodium per day. That's almost nothing, considering that most foods have natural sodium in them. Even though I watch it carefullly and don't add any salt, I must say that there have been few days that I have been able to stay under that limit. They told me that I would soon not miss salt but they lied! Even though it has been 6 mos post-surgery, I STILL miss adding salt. There are some foods that scream "add salt" (tomatoes, eggs, popcorn, i.e.)

Gonnabe,

I agree that some foods demand salt. I have been sticking to 1200-1500 mg/day.

I have found good seasoning combos for everthing but popcorn, eggs, & tomatoes.

One of my best "flavor supports" is roasting a bunch of garlic & adding 1/2 oilve oil /garlic head after I have squeezed the garlic into a container. I use the oil or garlic in most recipes. Using the roasted garlic doesn't make things taste "garlicky" but it supports the other flavors.

DiAnne1304641973.465740 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

I eat out often and enjoy it!

I think if you are eating fast food or at chain restaurants you are getting a lot of salt (and fat) but if you go to good restaurants that use fresh fish, vegetables, etc you are not compromising your health by eating out.

Also if you are cooking at home with processed food from the grocery store (canned soup, boxed rice mixes, frozen dinners, etc) you are getting major amount of sodium.

gkelly57441304891315.2972654 PostsRegistered 4/22/2010

I sometimes will stop by Winn Dixie or Walmarts to get a rotisserie chicken if I have had a harder than usual day at work or running late getting home. I hadn't thought about the sodium content but will make sure I take a look the next time I go to the grocery store!

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