Which Should You Choose?
“Reduced sodium” or “low sodium”—The term “reduced” means a product has 25% less sodium than the same food with a normal amount, so a “reduced sodium” choice is better than a conventional one. But even “reduced sodium” foods may be higher in sodium than those labeled “low sodium,” which can contain no more than 140 milligrams per serving. A “reduced sodium” can of beans, for example, should contain 25% less than the 311 milligrams of sodium found in a serving—233 milligrams, more than the “low sodium” limit. Check the Nutrition Facts panel to see what you’re really getting.