HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, TOO: Like so many others, Hunt's Pasta Sauce contains a lot of salt, but sugar and high fructose corn syrup also are listed as ingredients. A half cup contains 23% of the recommended daily maximum of sodium.
LOW SODIUM SAUCE: Colonna offers low-sodium Marinara (a half cup contains only 3% of the sodium you should consume in one day), but the regular Marinara Sauce, right, packs 25% of the recommended daily maximum. Both also contain added sugar.
Salt, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are common ingredients in many bottled and canned pasta sauces.
At the ShopRite in Paramus, Victoria sells one of the few bottled sauces without added sugar, and its Vodka Sauce doesn't contain artery clogging cream.
But Victoria's Low Sodium pasta sauce is hard to find.
A half cup of Victoria Marinara contains 18% of the maximum amount of sodium you are supposed to consume in a day.
ShopRite's own Wholesome Pantry Organic Pasta Sauces contain only 8% of the recommended daily maximum.
You can cut the sodium in your pasta sauce by using canned tomatoes with little or no added salt, and blending them with a higher-sodium bottled sauce.
Another way to cut the sodium in your pasta dish is never, ever salt the pasta water.
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COSTCO'S ASIAN ACCENT IS MORE PRONOUNCED: Nissin Raoh Japanese-style Ramen is one of the many Asian products on the shelves of the Costco Wholesale off of Route 46 in the Teterboro Landing Shopping Center.
KOREAN NOODLES: Costco also carries Japchae, Korean glass noodles made from yam flour.
GLUTEN FREE: These Organic Rice Ramen Noodles are made from millet and brown rice, and they are sodium free.
DELICIOUSLY THICK: An Asian Indian-style Mango Lassi is a thick smoothie made with milk from grass-fed cows. In Costco's refrigerated case last week, I found two 32-ounce containers of the organic lassi for $5.79 after an instant savings of $3.