New in the Market: Vlasik Reduced-Sodium Pickles

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on January 9, 2012 · 0 comments

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Pickles by nature are salty and the perfect companion to a sandwich or hamburger. Developing a reduced sodium pickle that still delivers taste is not an easy task. Vlasic has done it with two classic varieties – Kosher Dill Stackers and Kosher Dill Spears.

A 1-ounce serving of either pickle has 25% less sodium than their original variety. A 1-ounce serving of Reduced Sodium Kosher Dill Stackers equals 1 slice and 150 milligrams of sodium. A 1-ounce serving of Reduced Sodium Kosher Dill Spears equals two-thirds of a spear and 150 milligrams of sodium. We understand that the company is attempting to compare 1-ounce servings, but few people will eat two-thirds of a pickle spear. This serving size is somewhat silly but fits the label requirements for the Nutrition Facts Panel. None the less Vlasic has lowered the sodium in two tasty pickle choices.

We served the reduced sodium pickles to diehard pickle lovers and no one perceived the difference and was surprised when we said the pickles had 25% less sodium.

As food manufacturers make efforts, even small ones, to lower sodium in processed food, we will all benefit from these healthier choices.

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