After last night’s post of my Crockpot Buffalo Chicken recipe, I immediately started getting feedback regarding sodium. This morning I took a little field trip to the local grocery store and decided to do a little label research.
I made a couple of discoveries:
1) Serving size varied from type to type. While the taste is not drastically different between hot sauce and wing sauce, the serving size changed the number.
2) When equaling out the serving size (for this experiment, I calculated the serving size to be one tablespoon, or 15 ml). This evened out the playing field for the sodium content.
Here are the five brands that I decided to compare:
1. Frank’s RedHot Original
In this case, the serving size was 1 teaspoon according to the label. If you look at the sodium (190 grams), it doesn’t seem *too* bad, but if you bump it up to a tablespoon, you’re looking at 570 mg of sodium!
2. Srirachi HOT Chili Sauce
Same case re: serving size as Frank’s RedHot Original sauce. However, check out the sodium – only 240 mg for a tablespoon. That is less than half to the Frank’s brand.
3. Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce
At 460 mg per serving, Frank’s Buffalo sauce has less that it’s Original recipe. While my intent was not to compare other ingredients, you can notice that some additives (canola oil, preservatives, etc) have been added to this recipe.
4. Price Chopper Wing Sauce (local grocery store)
So this one came really close to the Srirachi sauce in regards to sodium content at 260 mg per serving. It also happened to be the cheapest of all of the brands. However, if you take a good look at the ingredient list, you’ll notice a LOT of additives (margarine, HFCS, preservatives, etc).
5) McIlhenny Co. Tabasco Pepper Sauce
This is clearly the winner of them all. Not only is it limited to 3 ingredients, but it sports a mere 105 mg of sodium per tablespoon serving. Now, I just have to figure out how to convert that for my buffalo recipes!