How to Calculate Sodium in a Recipe

Cooking from scratch is the best way to control your sodium intake.  Learning how to calculate sodium amounts in recipes you’re making will make counting those mgs a breeze!

If you're watching your sodium levels it’s important that you know how to monitor exactly how much sodium is in your diet, even when you’re cooking for yourself.

Apps and websites can help you track sodium in the foods you’re cooking with.  They make it easy to find out how much sodium is in each ingredient because they have nutritional information built in.

MyFitnessPal This app is easy to use. Simply enter your ingredients and the amounts you’re using and it will generate a full nutrition label for each recipe. Their recipe nutrition calculator will create a nutrition label based on the ingredients you enter. The recipe nutrition calculator is free and easy to use.

Lose It! Lose It! is another popular nutrition tracking website and app. Enter ingredients and it produces a nutrition label that lets you know how much sodium, among other things, is in your recipe.

USDA Food Data Central For foods without nutrition labels this site has a search function that allows you to type in a food and the database will give you its full nutritional value.

You can still track the sodium in a recipe without using a website or app. Here's how to do it in three easy steps.

Step One: Write down each ingredient you're using. Check the label to find out how much sodium is in that amount.

Step Two: Add up the sodium amounts for all of your ingredients combined. The total is the amount of sodium in your entire recipe.

Step Three: Divide that number by the number of servings your recipe makes. This is the amount of sodium in one serving.

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