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To Salt, Or Not to Salt: That is the Question

If you’ve been reading along with us for the past few weeks, you’ll know we’ve been addressing the various nutritional features that are prevalent in the salty snack food arena – along with other things that, well, we shouldn’t eat. “Food demons” we call them and topping the list is sodium.

Sodium vs. Salt

Sodium is often confused with salt, and there’s a good reason because table salt contains approximately 40 percent sodium. To understand more about this common confusion (without having to get an advanced degree in chemistry), just remember this: “Salt” refers to the crystal-like chemical compound sodium chloride, while “sodium” refers to the dietary mineral sodium.

Health experts suggest remembering the distinction in this way:

  • Sodium is found in food, either naturally or manufactured into processed foods.
  • Salt is what we add to our food when we use the saltshaker.

Understanding the difference between the two could affect how you manage the nutritional quality of your diet. And as we’ve mentioned before, we at Prime Planet, makers of the popular national brand of green plantain Tostones, care about your nutrition, and your health.

Let’s Face It: We All Like It Salty

Have you ever noticed how much saltier restaurant and take-out food is vs. what you cook at home? Generally speaking, unless you’re cooking with a really heavy-handed saltshaker, what you cook at home contains much less salt and sodium.

And here’s why: the saltier a dish is, the more “flavor” people say it has. So restaurants use a lot more salt in their recipes than you probably do. That’s why you’re more likely to wake up at 3 a.m. craving a tall glass of water after you’ve dined out, over when you’ve prepared your own meal at home that night.

Is There An Upside To Salt?

The answer to whether there is an upside to salt is, yes. Meaning, you don’t have to avoid sodium all the time. Nor should you. Sodium plays an important role in cell function, blood pressure control, muscle contraction, and nerve transmission. It’s essential for ensuring that your body fluids stay balanced. It only becomes a problem when there’s too much of it.

The All-Natural, Low-Sodium Solution

 Tostones treats are naturally reduced in sodium. In fact, they contain 0 percent per serving. (We’ve found other ways to flavor them.)

“Americans are growing wild about how good – and truly better for you – our tasty and crunchy green plantain chips are,” says Marie Gonzalez, business development manager at Miami-based Prime Planet. “Their combination of being fried without adding any more sodium is virtually unbelievable. And yet it’s true.”

Gonzalez notes that health and wellness are priorities for Prime Planet’s food industry clients whose retail shoppers are seeking out certified and trusted foods that are not only low-sodium but are also low-carb, low cholesterol, and free of added sugar.

“Because our Tostones are a better-for-you option than other salty snack chips, they’re resonating with consumers all across the American snack market,” adds Gonzalez.

It’s also important to note that low sodium does not mean “bland and boring.” Prime Planet’s Tostones come in unique and delicious flavors, too, including Original tostones, Sweet Chili, Lime, and Habanero plantain chips – and now BBQ flavored tostones, too, the latest in the lineup of these crunchy, flavor-packed chips.

“We’ve got just the right formula for your customers to keep coming back for more,” she added.

Stay tuned for next week’s episode.

About Prime Planet

An innovative international food company based in Miami, Prime Planet is committed to bringing to market certified healthier-for-you products that are great-tasting and nutritious. Its all-natural brand of Tostones offers not only the most delicious flavor but is an all-around healthier snack option, too.

Knowledge, expertise, and direct access to leading global logistics and distributors of wholesale snacks and bulk-food products allow Prime Planet to find the shortest and most efficient commercial routes for ideal product shipment, product placement, and freshness.

Be a Green Plantain Snack Distributor

For more information, or to become a distributor, visit www.primeplanet.net; or contact Business Development Manager Marie Gonzalez at 305-592-2044; or via email at bdm@primefreshproducts.com.

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