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Have some sodium with that turkey alternative

November 20, 2009 |  7:13 am

Livebirds Just in time for the pre-Thanksgiving shopping run comes a nutritional comparison of various meatless "turkeys." Fascinating stuff...

Take a look at this chart offered up by the American Dietetic Assn. The first thing that pops out is the sodium content. The word "wow" comes to mind. Field Roast Celebration? 710 milligrams per serving. The always adorable Tofurky? (It's a fun word, admit it.) 510 milligrams.

There's also a comparison to the more traditional turkey -- you know, the kind made from a turkey -- but that's more for idle curiosity. Nutrition info in such decisions tends to be beside the point.

Here's the news release if you want the chart summarized for you. And more on sodium from the American Heart Assn.

One more fact: A serving of turkey breast without skin has only 52 milligrams of sodium.

-- Tami Dennis

Photo: I dunno... Maybe sodium isn't so bad...

Credit: Los Angeles Times