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Dear HG,

I love to eat low-cal frozen meals, but I am concerned about the amount of sodium in them (my doctor has cautioned me to watch my sodium intake).  Is there a company that offers lower sodium frozen meals?

-Skipping Sodium

Dear Skipping,

Frozen meals (and other processed foods) do tend to be super high in sodium (even the healthier, lower cal entrees), so you're definitely right to be concerned.  In fact, many meals contain around 1200mg of sodium. That's half a day's worth of salt!  Wondering how much is reasonable?  Most nutritionists suggest you keep your sodium to 200mgs per 100 calories of food.  Luckily for frozen food fans, there are several companies now making low-sodium meals that meet that criteria.  Some that do are Lean Cuisine's Comfort Classics Chicken Parmesan (280 cal, 5g fat, 510mg sodium), Healthy Choice's Cheese Ravioli (260 cal, 5g fat, 340mg sodium), Smart One's Lemon Herb Chicken Picatta (250 cal, 5g fat, 510mg sodium), and Amy's Light in Sodium Black Bean Enchilada (160 cal, 6g fat, 190mg sodium).  In fact, Amy's has a whole new "Light in Sodium" line that ROCKS.  Give 'em a try.  You won't be disappointed.  And keep checking those labels.  New lower sodium options are constantly popping up.


Dear Hungry Girl,

I am so completely confused by all the diet Coca Cola sodas that are out now.  Diet Coke comes in a zillion flavors, and now there's Diet Coke with Splenda.  And Coke Zero?!  Isn't that just the same thing as Diet Coke with Splenda?  What's the deal with these beverages?

BrainFizz
Dear BrainFizz,

You are DEFINITELY not alone in your confusion.  I've received about a dozen letters like yours from people who are confused about the growing suite of diet sodas from Coke.  For starters, let's clear up the easy stuff.  Regular Diet Coke and Caffeine Free Diet Coke are sweetened with aspartame (nutrasweet) alone.  The flavored Diet Cokes -- lemon, lime, cherry and vanilla, are sweetened with a blend of aspartame and ace K (another calorie free sweetener).  Recently, Coke added Diet Coke with Splenda and Coke Zero to their lineup.  Diet Coke with Splenda is a version of Diet Coke that is sweetened with a mix of Splenda (sucralose) and ace K, as opposed to aspartame.  Coke Zero is a completely NEW beverage.  It's a calorie free version of Coke Classic (and, in my opinion, the best tasting of all).  Coke Zero is NOT sweetened with Splenda.  It gets its sweetness from a combo of aspartame and ace K,  but it uses less aspartame than Diet Coke.  Still confused?  Try reading this answer again -- over and over...while drinking one of the many calorie-free versions of Coke, of course.  By the way, I am not endorsing over-consumption of diet beverages.  Drink water when you can, and diet soda as a treat.

 
CHEW ON THIS:
Diet Coke was first introduced in the United States in July of 1982.
 
 

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