Low Potassium Foods – Sausages And Luncheon Meats Table

 

The potassium content of sausages and luncheon meats is generally low to moderate. Although the low potassium is a problem for most of us, the real problem is with the potassium to sodium ratio. Almost all processed meats are loaded with sodium because of the salt used to preserve them. One slice of many of the luncheon meats provides 2/3 the maximum recommended sodium (salt) intake for a day. Both the ratio of potassium to sodium, and the amounts of each, are important for determining the health effects.

In our prior high potassium foods tables we only included the foods with a greater than 3 to 1 ratio of potassium to sodium, since that will give a healthy intake of both nutrients. Sausages and luncheon meats have very few candidates for such a table.

To emphasize the high sodium content of this food group, we calculated the potassium to sodium ratio of them, and included them no matter what the ratio, so you can see the amount of sodium you are getting. Not all were included from the Nutrient Database, but those not included had very similar numbers as those included. Put 3 slices of luncheon meat in your child's sandwich and you have provided twice the recommended amount of sodium for the entire day.

There are some exceptions in the table. Some of the bratwurst, and one of the “less sodium” salamis had a fair amount of potassium and relatively less sodium. But the striking aspect of the table is how many high sodium foods are present in this food group.

If you check the label of a luncheon meat you are about to buy, you may find a different amount of sodium. The amount on the label should be more accurate concerning that brand. This table is intended as a general guide.

The weights for the potassium and sodium are milligrams. The potassium and sodium values given are for 100 grams of food.

As usual, K is potassium, and Na is sodium.

Except for the potassium to sodium ratio (which we calculated), the source of data is: USDA National Nutrient Database Standard Reference – Release 22

Food K Na Ratio
K:Na
BACON & BEEF STKS 385 1420 0.27
BARBECUE LOAF, PORK, BEEF 329 1334 0.25
BEEF SAUSAGE, PRE-COOKED 234 910 0.26
BEERWURST  PORK & BEEF 244 732 0.33
BEERWURST, BEER SALAMI, PORK 253 1240 0.2
BLOOD SAUSAGE 38 680 0.06
BOLOGNA  TURKEY 135 1252 0.11
BOLOGNA, BEEF 172 1080 0.16
BOLOGNA, PORK 281 1184 0.24
BRATWURST  BEEF & PORK  SMOKED 283 848 0.33
BRATWURST  VEAL
CKD
231 60 3.8
BRATWURST, CHICK, CKD 211 72 2.93
BRATWURST, PORK, CKD 348 846 0.41
BRAUNSCHWEIGER (A LIVER SAUSAGE), PORK 199 1160 0.17
BUTCHER BOY MEATS, TURKEY FRANKS 189 1162 0.16
CARL BUDDIG, CKD CORNED BEEF, CHOPD, PRESSED 352 1342 0.26
CARL BUDDIG, SMOKED SLICED BEEF 336 1431 0.23
CARL BUDDIG, SMOKED SLICED CHICK, LT&DK MEAT 256 954 0.27
CHEESEFURTER, CHS SMOKIE, PORK, BEEF 206 1082 0.19
CHICKEN BREAST  OVEN-ROASTED  FAT-FREE  SLICED 67 1087 0.06
CHORIZO, PORK AND BEEF 398 1235 0.32
CORNED BEEF LOAF, JELLIED 101 953 0.11
DUTCH BRAND LOAF, CHICK, PORK & BEEF 210 1055 0.2
FRANKFURTER  BEEF 156 1140 0.14
FRANKFURTER, BEEF, PORK, & TURKEY, FAT FREE 220 798 0.28
FRANKFURTER, CHICK 202 844 0.24
FRANKFURTER, TURKEY 392 1078 0.36
HAM  HONEY
SMOKED  CKD
165 900 0.18
HAM AND CHEESE SPREAD 162 1197 0.14
HAM&CHS LOAF OR ROLL 294 1080 0.27
HAM, CHOPPED, CANNED 284 1365 0.21
HAM, CHOPPED, NOT CANNED 319 1330 0.24
HEADCHEESE, PORK 31 830 0.04
HONEY LOAF  PORK
BEEF
343 1320 0.26
HORMEL PILLOW PAK SLICED TURKEY PEPPERONI 449 1858 0.24
HORMEL WRANGLER BEEF FRANKS 172 994 0.17
KIELBASA, KOLBASSY, PORK, BEEF 300 904 0.33
LIVER CHEESE, PORK 226 1225 0.18
LIVER SAUSAGE, LIVERWURST, PORK 170 860 0.2
LIVERWURST SPRD 170 700 0.24
LOUIS RICH, CHICK (WHITE, OVEN RSTD) 302 1196 0.25
LOUIS RICH, FRANKS (TURKEY & CHICKEN) 160 1136 0.14
LOUIS RICH, TURKEY BREAST (OVEN RSTD, FAT FREE) 205 1192 0.17
LOUIS RICH, TURKEY SALAMI 216 1004 0.22
LUNCHEON MEAT, BEEF, THIN SLICED 208 1329 0.16
LUNCHEON MEAT, PORK, BEEF 308 1117 0.28
MACARONI & CHS LOAF  CHICK  PORK & BEEF 202 1293 0.16
MORTADELLA, BEEF, PORK 313 3 104.3
NEW ENGLAND BRAND SAUSAGE, PORK, BEEF 163 1246 0.13
OLIVE LOAF, PORK 321 1220 0.26
OSCAR MAYER  BOLOGNA LIGHT (PORK  CHICK  BEEF) 297 1484 0.2
OSCAR MAYER  WIENERS (BEEF
FRANKS  BUN LENGTH)
163 1117 0.15
OSCAR MAYER, BOLOGNA (FAT FREE) 158 1025 0.15
OSCAR MAYER, BRAUNSCHWEIGER LIVER SAUSAGE (SLICED) 156 977 0.16
OSCAR MAYER, CHICK BREAST (OVEN RSTD, FAT FREE) 202 1159 0.17
OSCAR MAYER, LUNCHEON LOAF (SPICED) 316 1242 0.25
OSCAR MAYER, PORK SAUSAGE LINKS (CKD) 270 1226 0.22
OSCAR MAYER, SALAMI (FOR BEER) 238 836 0.28
OSCAR MAYER, SMOKIE LINKS SAUSAGE 212 1231 0.17
OSCAR MAYER, TURKEY BREAST (SMOKED, FAT FREE) 180 1007 0.18
OSCAR MAYER, WIENERS (FAT FREE HOT DOGS) 218 1095 0.2
PASTRAMI  BEEF
98% FAT-FREE
471 974 0.48
PATE  TRUFFLE FLAVOR 228 1010 0.23
PATE, CHICKEN LIVER, CANNED 138 807 0.17
PATE, GOOSE LIVER, SMOKED, CND 95 386 0.25
PEPPERONI, PORK, BEEF 138 697 0.2
POLISH SAUSAGE, PORK 279 1653 0.17
ROAST BEEF SPRD 237 876 0.27
SALAMI  CKD
BEEF
259 724 0.36
SALAMI  ITALIAN
PORK
188 1140 0.16
SALAMI, COOKED, TURKEY 340 1890 0.18
SANDWICH SPREAD, PORK, BEEF 216 1004 0.22
SAUSAGE  ITALIAN
TURKEY  SMOKED
110 1013 0.11
SAUSAGE, VIENNA, CND, CHICK, BEEF, PORK 197 928 0.21
SMOKED LINK SAUSAGE, PORK 101 969 0.1
SPAM LITE, LUNCHEON MEAT, PORK&CHICK, MINCED, CND 483 827 0.58
SPAM, HORMEL  LUNCHEON MEAT  PORK W/ HAM  MINCED  CND 461 1032 0.45
TURKEY  WHITE
ROTISSERIE  DELI CUT
229 1369 0.17
TURKEY BREAST MEAT 349 1200 0.29
TURKEY BREAST, LO SALT, PREPACKAGED OR DELI, LUNCHEON MEAT 302 1015 0.3