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Meat, Poultry & Meatless Alternatives


The following is a partial list of products that are low in sodium (amount of sodium per serving is in parenthesis). Additional products and nutritional information can be found in the Pocket Guide To Low Sodium Foods. Online resources for products are listed in the links section.


Breakfast Meats

(2 slices, 2 links, or 1 patty unless noted)

  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
      Turkey Bacon, Lower Sodium, 0.5 oz slice (80mg)
      Turkey Bacon, 0.5 oz slice (135mg)
    Coleman Natural Uncured Hickory Smoked (140mg)
    Esskay Lower Sodium (120mg)
    Farmer John Low Sodium (130mg)
    Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Bacon (140mg)
    Jimmy Dean Lower Sodium Premium (105mg)
    Kahnís Lower Sodium (105mg)
    Shady Brook Farms Turkey Bacon, 0.5 oz slice (140mg)
    Shelton's Turkey Breakfast Strips, 0.5 oz slice (115mg)
      Food You Feel Good About Uncured (130mg)
      Lower Sodium, Less fat, 3 slices (135mg)
      Food You Feel Good About Uncured Pepper (140mg)
    Wellshire Farms Canadian Bacon, 2 oz (100mg)
      Uncured Beef Bacon (113mg)

  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
      Pork Patties, Fully Cooked, 1.5 oz (75mg)
      Pork Links, Fully Cooked, 1.6 oz (85mg)

Meatless Alternatives:
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    SoyBoy Tofu Breakfast Links (130mg)

Beef, Lamb & Veal

(4 oz unless noted) 
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
     Most cuts, trimmed to 1/8" fat, all grades (66mg)
      Ground beef, 30% fat (76mg)
      Ground beef, 10% fat (75mg)
      Liver (77mg)
      Tongue (78mg)
     Most cuts, trimmed to 1/4" fat, all grades (66mg)    
      Ground (67mg)
     Most cuts, trimmed to 1/4" fat, all grades (98mg)
      Ground, 4 oz (93mg)

Burgers & Patties

(4 oz patty unless noted)
Meat or Poultry:
  Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
    Wellshire Farms Turkey Burgers (25mg)
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Chicken patty, fresh, unseasoned (75mg)
    Beef patty, fresh, unseasoned (77mg)
    Turkey patty, fresh, unseasoned (85mg)
    Bison burger, frozen (130mg)
    Applegate Farms Organic Turkey Burgers (70mg)
    Bubba Burger Sweet Onion (80mg)
    Philly-Gourmet 100% Pure Beef
      Homestyle Patties (40mg)
      Thick & Beefy Homestyle Patties, 6 oz (60mg)
    Sommers Organic Turkey Burgers (70mg)
      Chicken Burgers (65mg)
    Steak-umm Burgers
      Original, 1/4 lb (75mg)
      Sweet Onions, 1/3 lb, 5.4 oz (80mg)
      Original, 1/3 lb, 5.4 oz (100mg)

  250mg sodium or less:
    Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers
      Gluten Free California (180mg)
      California or Bombay (250mg)
      Tex Mex or Italian (250mg)
    Morningstar Farms Mushroom Loverís (220mg)
    Tofurky SuperBurgers, TexMex (250mg)
    Zoglo's Meatless Burgers (225mg)
      Meatless Chicken Flavor Patties (225mg)
      Mixed Vegetable Patties (225mg)
      Multi-Grain & Vegetable Patties (225mg)
      Broccoli Patties (225mg)

Chicken & Turkey

(4 oz unless noted)
Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Breast, bone and skin removed (73mg)
    Roasting, skin and meat (76mg)
    Liver (80mg)
    Wing, meat only (91mg)
    Thigh, meat only (96mg)
    Drumstick, meat only (99mg)
    Light meat, w/o skin (58mg)
    Dark meat, w/o skin (77mg)
    Ground (79mg)
    Cornish game hen, 1/2 (102mg)

Game Meat

(4 oz unless noted)
Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
  Rabbit (35mg)
Low Sodium (140mg or less)
  Deer (43mg)
  Buffalo (bison), top round (45mg)
    Ground (55mg)
  Elk (49mg)
  Duck, meat only (62mg)
  Goose, meat only (73mg)

Ham & Pork

(4 oz unless noted)
Low Sodium (140mg or less)
  Pork loin roast, boneless, lean (38mg)
  Pork, whole leg (ham (40mg)
  Pork, ground (47mg)
  Pork ribs, lean (57mg)
  Pork shoulder, boneless, lean (65mg)

Hot Dogs/Frankfurters & Sausages

(1 frankfurter or sausage unless noted)
Hot Dogs/Frankfurters:
  250mg sodium or less:
    Aaronís Best Glatt Kosher All Beef (240mg)
    Abeles & Heymann Beef, Reduced Fat & Sodium (195mg)
    Coleman Natural All Natural Uncured Franks (250mg)
    Esskay Franks (220mg)
    International Glatt Kosher
      Reduced Fat & Sodium Beef (200mg)
      Beef Frankfurters (250mg)
    Meal Mart Turkey Franks (190mg)
      Chicken Franks (190mg)
      Reduced Fat Beef Franks (210mg)

Meatless Alternatives:
    Low Sodium (140mg or less)
      Cedar Lake Tofu Links (120mg)
    250mg sodium or less:
        Veja-Links (180mg)
        LF Veja-Links (220mg)
      Worthington Loma Linda
        Linkettes, 1.3 oz (160mg)
        Big Franks (220mg)
        LF Big Franks (240mg)
        Little Links, 2 (250mg)
      SoyBoy Not Dogs (240mg)
       Zoglo's Savoury Meatless Weiners (228mg)
        Tofu Weiners (228mg)

  250mg sodium or less:
    D'Artagnan Merguez Sausage, 1.7 oz (240mg)
    Shady Brook Farms Roasted Garlic Turkey Link, 2.7 oz (240mg)
    Shelton's Italian Turkey Sausage (230mg)

Luncheon & Deli Meats

Most luncheon meat is high in sodium, however there are some that are within sodium guidelines if you use less than the suggested serving size (serving sizes range from 0.8-2 ounces or 1-6 slices). Some of these brands may be in the deli section of your grocer and are sliced to order. If you canít find packaged varieties, check with your deli to see which brands they offer. The following figures are for a 1-ounce serving unless otherwise noted.

(1 oz unless noted)
  Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
    Philly-Gourmet Steaks for Sandwiches, 1.5 oz (frozen) (20mg)
    Steak-umm Sliced Steaks, 1 portion (frozen) (20mg)
    Wellshire Farms Sliced Top Round Roast Beef (13mg)
      Boarís Head NSA Roast Beef (deli) (20mg)
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Wellshire Farms Sliced Round Cooked Corned Beef (125mg)
       Applegate Farms Roast Beef (100mg)
        Peppered Eye Round (100mg)
      Boarís Head
        Deluxe Cap Off Top Round Roast Beef (40mg)
        All Natural Roast Beef (70mg)
        Pepper Seasoned Roast Beef (95mg)
        Cajun Style Roast Beef (130mg)
      Dietz & Watson
        Oven Roasted Angus Roast Beef (95mg)
      Natural Angus Roast Beef (95mg)
      London Broil or Italian Roast Beef (95mg)
      Black Bear Choice Roast Beef (95mg)

  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Wellshire Farms Sliced Turkey Bologna (80mg)

Chicken & Turkey:
  Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
      Applegate Farms No Salt Turkey (15mg)
      Dietz & Watson No Salt Turkey (25mg)
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Meal Mart
      Smoked Turkey Breast (95mg)
      Smoked Chicken Breast (95mg)
      Turkey Roll (100mg)
    Wellshire Farms Smoked Turkey Breast (80mg)
        Oven Roasted Turkey w/skin (130mg)
        Oven Roasted Turkey Breast (140mg)
      Dietz & Watson
        Gourmet Lite Turkey Breast (120mg)
      Hatfield Black Pepper Turkey Breast (117mg)

Ham & Pork:
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Wellshire Farms
      Sliced Turkey Ham (80mg)
      Sliced Virginia Brand Deli Ham (90mg)
      Sliced Uncured Tavern Ham (90mg)

  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Wellshire Farms Sliced Beef Pastrami Round (125mg)

  250mg sodium or less:
 Applegate Farms Uncured Turkey Salami (180mg)
    Farmer John Cotto Salami (235mg)
    Hebrew National Beef Salami, 1.5 slices (210mg)
      Lean Beef Salami, 2 slices (240mg)
    International Glatt Kosher
      Beef Salami (220mg)
      Beef Salami Garlic Stick (220mg)
   Applegate Farms Pepper Salami or Herb Salami (240mg)

Vegetarian Meat & Poultry Replacements

    Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
   Dixie Diner
        Carverís Choice Cuts, 1/2 cup (0mg)
        Meat Not, 1/3 cup (0mg)
        Beef (Not!) Chunks, 1.8 oz (5mg)
        Beef (Not!) Strips, 1.8 oz (5mg)
        Chicken (Not!) Chunks, 1.8 oz (5mg)
        Chicken (Not!) Strips, 1.8 oz (5mg)
        Turkey (Not!) Ground, 1.8 oz (5mg)
    Low Sodium (140mg or less)
  Worthington Loma Linda Vege-Burger, 1/4 cup (130mg)
    Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
      Tofurky Tempeh Spicy Veggie, 3 oz (25mg)
    Low Sodium (140mg or less)
      Harvest Direct
        Veggie Ribs Mix, 2 tbsp (40mg)
        Soy BBQ (120mg)
        Soy Chicken Breast, 0.6 oz pc (120mg)
        Soy Taco Mix (135mg)

Other Flavored Substitutes:
  Low Sodium (140mg or less)
    Lightlife Zesty Lemon Tempeh, 3 oz (95mg)

  Very Low Sodium (35mg or less)
Tofu, plain, 1/2 cup (15mg)

This page last updated: 08/01/10