Decode the Sodium Label Lingo

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Reading food labels can help you slash sodium. Here's how to decipher them.

  • "Sodium free" or "Salt free": Contains less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving.
  • "Unsalted" or "No salt added": No salt has been added.
  • "Very low in sodium": Provides 35 milligrams of sodium (or less) per serving.
  • "Low in sodium" or "Contains a small amount of sodium": Contains 140 milligrams of sodium (or less) per serving.
  • "Reduced sodium" or "Less sodium": Provides at least 25 percent less sodium than the traditional product.

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