Trying to cut back on salt but fond of convenience foods? These delicious packaged items manage to dramatically slash sodium without sacrificing flavor. By Maureen Callahan, MS, RD
Photo Courtesy of Eden Foods
A good rule of thumb when shopping for canned beans is to opt for organic varieties since they typically carry far less salt. That way you can season to taste rather than start with an overwhelming salt flavor. Here’s the deal: adding a can of black beans to a pot of chili is like adding half a teaspoon of salt (400 mg sodium per half cup of beans). Eden beans sport just 15 milligrams of sodium per half cup, come in BPA-free cans, are non-GMO (genetically modified), and have a pleasantly firm texture.