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    Turley
    BPL Member

    @turley

    Locale: So Cal

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening,

    Are there any low sodium commercially prepared freeze dried meals? It seems many have a very high sodium level.

    Thanks

    #3751938
    John S.
    BPL Member

    @jshann

    What is your definition of low sodium meal?

    #3751963
    Turley
    BPL Member

    @turley

    Locale: So Cal

    I guess lower sodium freeze dried meals would be more accurate as most are well over 1000mg/serving. So looking for sodium of 500mg or less (lower the better) and it seems that Mary Jane’s Farm and Good To Go meals have a few options to try.

    #3752194
    Bill in Roswell
    BPL Member

    @roadscrape88-2

    Locale: Roswell, GA, USA

    The volume of sodium is for the preservative factor. Note the date stamp on each package.

    #3752319
    JVD
    BPL Member

    @jdavis

    Locale: Front Range

    I would consider buying separate ingredients (online, local grocery stores) and putting together your own meals to get more control over sodium levels. I haven’t priced them out, but I bet this method is cheaper, too. It works for me.

    #3752329
    matthew k
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    Yep ^that makes sense to me. Buy FD ingredients from Packit Gourmet and assemble your own meal.

    Check out their Groceries section. I’ve been very happy with everything I’ve purchased from them in the past (FD meats and veggies. Their FD cheese is great too but probably doesn’t work because of sodium) https://www.packitgourmet.com/grocery/view-all-groceries/

     

    #3752367
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    I have never tried these, but the Nomad Nutrition meals are between 300 and 500 mg. Good-to-go are also in that range. Seems pretty difficult to find any commercial meals below 300 mg.

    #3752641
    Turley
    BPL Member

    @turley

    Locale: So Cal

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I’ve never heard of Nomad Nutrition and they, along with Good to Go prepared meals seem worth giving a try. In the future will definitely look into putting meals together utilizing freeze dried ingredients.

    Thanks again.

    #3752695
    JCH
    BPL Member

    @pastyj-2-2

    Yep ^that makes sense to me. Buy FD ingredients from Packit Gourmet and assemble your own meal.

    Perhaps beating a dead horse here…but seems to me that if you are going to go to the trouble of assembling meals from separately purchased ingredients, it might make sense to try dehydrating your favorite home recipes.  Yeah, they won’t last for decades like commercial FD meals, but vacuum sealed in a zipper bag with an oxygen absorber and kept in the refrigerator they are good for at least a year (my experience).

    #3752786
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    I took a diet class from a Dietitian. She super stressed low saturated fats and low salt. I expressed my concern about backpacking food being high in salt. She said not to worry about it much as, 1) it’s not that many days of your life, and 2) you sweat out a lot of salt when backpacking… Still, I do try to avoid the packaged food with the highest salt…

     

    #3752982
    Roger Caffin
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    @rcaffin

    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    She said not to worry about it much as,
    Fine, but what if the packet has so much salt in it that you cannot stomach it?
    We find many commercial products are in that class.

    Cheers

    #3753321
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    “Fine, but what if the packet has so much salt in it that you cannot stomach it?”

    Then don’t stomach it… buy something else.

    My reference was for a particular health issue that requires a particular low salt diet and a diet expert’s advice on that relative to just a few days of freeze dried / salty food. She was not suggesting to eat something that you don’t like…

    #3753353
    Turley
    BPL Member

    @turley

    Locale: So Cal

    Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. I do not have any health conditions that require a low sodium diet, and some the higher sodium prepackaged meals (MH Chili Mac) actually taste, at least in my opinion, pretty good but it’s how the high sodium meals at dinner make me feel in the morning. Coming from the medical/nursing field I can see that a dietitian would say over the course of a few days, especially while being active, that a higher than normal sodium sodium intake is ok…..but for most of us we consume way more sodium in our diets that is suggested regardless of activity.

    #3753526
    Brad W
    BPL Member

    @rocko99

    I for one gave up on prepackaged meals for the sodium reason. Regardless of whether my body can handle high sodium for a few days-I feel like garbage after eating foods with high levels. Doesn’t matter if I just burned 5,000 calories or have been fasting all day, I get what I call ‘that salt feeling’. Bloated, puffy, sort of irritating feeling. Not enjoyable.

    #3753569
    DWR D
    BPL Member

    @dwr-2

    “but for most of us we consume way more sodium in our diets that is suggested regardless of activity.”

    Indeed… I always at as much salt as I wanted because I don’t have high blood pressure… but… in the Dietician class, she informed that there are studies now that indicate high salt may cause inflammation in you arteries and plaque build up that clogs your arteries… Basically, ALL prepared foods in the grocery store and restaurants are suspect because salt amplifies flavors and people buy more things that are WOW flavors… read the labels!

     

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