I enjoy many of the vegetarian fake meat products available these days (taco meat, meatballs, etc). However I notice that every one I eat is very high in sodium (at least it seems to me).
A single serving of a given product can be easily 20% of the usda sodium allotment....and I may eat two or three servings. I'm concerned i'm getting too much sodium with these products. No cholestrol, low in fat, but foods high in sodium for taste.
Has the industry overlooked this or am I concerned for nothing? I'd appreciate any help you could give me. Thanks, C.L.
You're right to be concerned about the sodium levels in fake meats. And no, the industry hasn't overlooked it, they just don't care because Salt Sells. The main ingredient, soy meal, is not so good either, in the large quantities you're eating because it's a highly processed food.
I don't understand why you need to eat so much highly processed fake meat, when there are so many other good sources of vegetarian protein. Why not try some other kinds of vegetarian protein, like tofu, tempeh, beans, hummus, nuts, seeds, high protein grains like quinoa, etc?
I've attached the free SV report on Vegetarian Nutrition.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian