Seaboard Foods announced April 13 that it has reduced sodium in its PrairieFresh Prime® fresh pork products, including boneless pork loin, unseasoned pork backrib, pork chop, pork medallions and pork loin roast.

For example, sodium content for a 4-ounce serving of unseasoned pork loin was lowered by 26 percent to 280 mg.

Lower sodium options were first introduced in select PrairieFresh Prime pork products in 2010. Their decision to lower sodium was confirmed in the January 2011 release of the USDA’S 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that recommended reducing daily sodium intake to 2,300 mg for adults and 1,500 mg for seniors.

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, sodium is an essential nutrient that is needed by the body in small quantities.  Evidence supports that for the average adult, higher sodium intake is directly linked to higher blood pressure. Keeping blood pressure in the normal range reduces an individual’s risk of cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease

Tom Blumhardt, Seaboard Foods vice president of marketing, stands behind his company’s products and their decision to reduce sodium in their pork products.

We’ve given cooks so much more versatility in the kitchen than ever before,” Blumhardt said in a press release. “Not only have we created a more delicious cut of pork, it also allows for a wider variety of menu options because of its easy-cooking, superior flavor, texture and juiciness. Now with the reduced sodium formulation, it will fit most everyone’s diet.”

For more information, visit the PrairieFresh Prime website.

Source: Seaboard, 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans