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Ingredient lists and sodium

Reading ingredient lists is helpful in determining sodium content. They list the ingredients in a food in descending order.

Following is an ingredient list for a typical processed cheddar cheese:

  • Cheddar cheese, enzyme-modified cheddar cheese (milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), water, lactic acid, enzymes, milk fat, sodium citrate, kasal, salt, sodium phosphate, sorbic acid (preservative), apocarotenal (color)

You can see that cheese is the main ingredient, but also note that salt is present in two places and that it also contains sodium citrate and sodium phosphate, which are two other types of sodium.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
Last Revised January 22, 2010

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Last Updated: January 22, 2010
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