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Reading Food Labels When You Have Diabetes

Understanding Label Claims continued...

Some other important terms that are found on food labels include information on the amount of salt:

Label Claim Definition
Sodium-free or salt-free less than 5 mg per serving
Very low sodium 35 mg or less of sodium per serving
Low sodium 140 mg or less of sodium per serving
Low sodium meal 140 mg or less of sodium per 3 1/2-ounce meal
Reduced or less sodium at least 25% less sodium than the regular version
Light in sodium 50% less sodium than the regular version
Unsalted or no salt added no salt added to the product during processing

Remember that one teaspoon of salt contains 2,000 mg of salt.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on February 12, 2015
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