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Comparisons between various processed products

As you saw in the Section 1 (Salt and Human Health), we consume more sodium that we actually need, and this excessive consumption presents a hazard to our health. However, as can be expected, processed pork products are not the only ones that contain sodium. So, how much sodium do other processed products contain? Table 3 shows the sodium content in various fresh products. Table 4 gives the sodium content in a range of processed products.

Table 2.3 Comparison of pork sodium content with different food products before processing (Adapted from Food Standards Agency 2002)

Unprocessed product g Na/100g edible portion
Bran, wheat* 0.03
Raw salmon† 0.05
Veal‡ 0.06
Chicken (white meat)** 0.06
Cod† 0.06
Beef trimmed‡ 0.06
Pork 0.06
Lamb‡ 0.07
Beef mince‡ 0.08
Chicken (dark meat)** 0.09
Duck** 0.011
Squid† 0.019

*Cereals †Sea food **Poultry ‡Meat

Table 2.4 Comparison of sodium content in various processed foods (Adapted from: Food Standards Agency, 2002)

Process product (other than pork) g Na/100g edible portion
Beef-burgers (chilled/frozen raw)‡ 0.29
Tuna (canned in brine, drained)† 0.32
Chicken breast (in crumbs, chilled, fried)** 0.42
White bread* 0.46
Beef-burgers (fried)‡ 0.47
Chicken nuggets** 0.51
Wholemeal rolls* 0.53
Hamburger rolls* 0.55
White rolls* 0.66
Chicken roll** 0.68
Corned beef (canned)‡ 0.86
Shrimps (canned in brine, drained)† 0.98
Cornflakes* 1.00
Prawns (boiled)† 1.59
Smoked salmon† 1.88
Anchovies (canned in oil, drained)† 3.93

*Cereals †Sea food **Poultry ‡Meat

Activity 2.3

How do processed pig-meat products compare with other processed products in their sodium content? Look at Tables 1 and 4.

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