October 20, 2014
Heart-Check Mark & Sodium
Wellness Tip

Heart-Check Mark & Sodium

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Don’t assume that foods that have the red heart-check mark from the American Heart Association (AHA) are low in sodium. The check-mark indicates that a food meets certain criteria for fat, cholesterol and other nutrients important for heart health.

But to qualify for it, foods can contain as much as 480 milligrams of sodium per serving, which is nearly one-third the total daily sodium limit recommended by the AHA.

A lawsuit recently filed against Campbell Soup and the AHA claims that the heart-check mark on Campbell’s Healthy Request soups is misleading because it implies that they are low in sodium. The soups contain 410 milligrams of sodium per cup, which is pretty good for canned soup, but is still not “low-sodium.” Moreover, many people finish off the whole can, which often contains two servings.