Prepared meal kits can pack a punch of sodium

CINCINNATI -- Prepared meal kits are convenient: The measured, fresh ingredients are ready to cook at home on a busy night.

But many are packed with sodium, according to nutritionist Lisa Andrews.

WCPO bought six Prep+Pared meal kits from Kroger and asked Andrews to review their nutritional information.

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The recommended daily intake of sodium is less than 2,300 milligrams. Too much sodium can lead to greater risk of high blood pressure. And people over 50 and with certain medical conditions should cap their sodium intake at 1,500  milligrams a day, Andrews said.

Of the six kits WCPO purchased, the Peruvian-inspired salmon had the lowest amount of sodium: 550 milligrams per serving.

The highest amount was in the chicken enchiladas rojas, with 1,940 milligrams of sodium -- 81 percent of the daily allowance.

"And what's considered high is probably 20 percent or more of the daily value," Andrews said. "So in that 500 and up range will be considered high sodium."

Through spokeswoman Patty Leesemann, Kroger said it welcomes customer feedback and is committed to transparency, "which is why the nutritional information is there for customers to see."

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