Can I Eat Low Sodium at PF Changs
We have discussed before how hard it is to find low sodium Asian Dishes. Restaurants make that task much harder. Asian cuisine and sauces are all based upon their base foundation of soy sauce. Soy sauce is very high in sodium, even when it is touted as “low” or “reduced” sodium. So it is a great thing when we can find Asian Restaurants that have low sodium choices, even if they are limited in their offerings. Here is what we can eat and stay low sodium at PF Changs.
Why Asian Food Is So Salty
Many cuisine has a base or “mother” sauce. It is the foundation to build upon for the other sauces in that cuisine. For Asian dishes, it is soy sauce. From soy sauce you can then make duck sauce, teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, etc. Soy sauce is really high in sodium. Regular soy sauce runs over 500 mg per tablespoon. Even reduced or lower sodium soy sauce runs over 375 mg per tablespoon. When you are trying to limit yourself to 500 milligrams of sodium per meal, it is almost impossible to do with soy sauce. The lowest sodium soy sauce I have found on the market is Chinatown Soy Sauce. You can find it on Amazon or at HealthyHeartMarket.com (use code HACKINGSALT10 at checkout for 10% discount).
You Can Eat Low Sodium Asian Food At Home
If you are willing to take the time to cook at home, I have already created many low sodium Asian dishes that you can enjoy. It starts with my own low sodium soy sauce. You can use it in many other dishes: low sodium hoisin sauce, low sodium Thai Drunken Noodles, low sodium Thai Peanut Chicken & Noodles, or low sodium Ahi Tuna & Sesame Noodles.
We found out that you can eat low sodium at Panda Exress. Now we should see what we can eat at PF Chang’s.
What Can I Eat Low Sodium At PF Chang’s?
We are looking to be able to make a meal. That would be an entree, side, and beverage. The total sodium milligram count for the meal should roughly equal one third of your daily sodium limit. The USDA recommends no more than 2300 mg per day for a person with a healthy heart. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Mayo Clinic recommend no more than 1500 mg per day for anyone with a heart issue, high blood pressure, or those over the age of 50. PF Chang’s nutrition info is here.
PF Chang’s has limited choices. What they do have includes the side with it, so you should be good ordering it:
Chang’s Spicy Chicken Bowl is 440 mg.
Sweet & Sour Chicken is 520 mg.
Egg Drop Soup Cup is 450 mg.
Buddha’s Feast Steamed Bowl is 300 mg.
Again, if you stick with these choices, you should be able to stay within your daily sodium requirements.
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