November 21, 2007
Pass The Turkey, But Hold the Salt!
The FDA will hold a hearing next Thursday, November 29th, on whether to establish food labeling requirements regarding salt and sodium. As CBS News (via AP) reports, the Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a petition triggering the hearing.
Consider the sodium in a typical Thanksgiving meal:
Thanksgiving dinner alone can easily reach those limits: Stuffing can harbor up to 600 mg of sodium a serving, plus 300 for gravy. If you bought the salt-added turkey, plan on 490 mg. A biscuit can mean 350, although a dinner roll might have half that. Pumpkin pie doesn't seem salty, but one popular brand has 300 mg a slice.
Ah, well, that won't stop me tomorrow! Have a good Thanksgiving all!
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