Cup-a-salt? Group finds instant soups contain excessive sodium
By Anna Chang, Special to The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The John Tung Foundation (JTF, 董氏基金會) said yesterday that up to one in four instant soups contain excessive amounts of sodium.
August 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The JTF inspected 147 instant soups on the market and found that almost 25 percent of products have over 720 milligrams of sodium per serving (200cc), more than a fourth of an adult's recommended daily sodium intake of 2,400 milligrams.
The worst offender was DAY & DAY Italian vegetable soup with 1,266 mg of sodium, more than half the recommended daily sodium intake.
Lu Hui-ru (呂蕙如), a nutritionist, said that even the same amount of soup and flavor may contain different sodium levels. For instance, one brand of miso soup contains 158 mg of sodium while another contains 841 mg. Although some soups do not taste salty, their sodium content is quite high, said Lu.
Xu Hui-yu (許惠玉), the director of the Food and Nutrition Division at JTF, said that high sodium consumption can raise blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease and strokes. She also reminded people to have a good look at the food label of the wrapper before making a choice.