How Much Sodium Salt in Jakes

How Much Sodium Salt in Jakes


A word about salt and the levels contained in Jakes.

Over the past few months we've had lots of potential customers at demonstrations tell us that they are concerned about salt and its effects. And though many of them use this as an excuse not to buy we're not completely sure they accurately understand the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) interpretation of recommended daily usage levels (RDUs) per person. As each person is different the government's guide is based on statistical averages with medians and maximums. So we've decided to intermix the FDAs guidelines with a comparison of our products. We believe this information should help you in your buying decisions especially in areas where some might be more sensitive than others. 


The natural salt in food accounts for about 10 percent of total intake, on average, according to the guidelines. The salt we add at the table or while cooking adds another 5 to 10 percent. About 75 percent of our total salt intake comes from salt added to processed foods by manufacturers and salt that cooks add to foods at restaurants and other food service establishments.

Q. What are the health effects of too much salt?

A. In many people, salt contributes to high blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease.

Q. What is the daily recommended amount of sodium for adults?

A. The amount of salt in a food is listed as "sodium" on the Nutrition Facts label that appears on food packaging. The Dietary Guidelines recommend that the general population consume no more more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about a teaspoon of table salt). Most food labels shorten the word "milligrams" to "mg." Dietary recommendations and food labels use sodium rather than salt since it is the sodium component of salt that is most relevant for human health.

Some people are more sensitive to the effects of salt than others. The guidelines also recommend that, in general, individuals with hypertension, middle-aged and older adults should limit intake to 1,500 mg of sodium per day (about two thirds a teaspoon of table salt). The exceptions to this guideline are people whose doctors have put them on a diet that requires even less sodium because of a medical condition. Always follow your doctor's recommendation about how much sodium you can have daily.

Q. How can I tell if a food is low in sodium or high in sodium?

A. The Nutrition Facts label that appears on food packaging also lists the "% Daily Value" for sodium. Look for the abbreviation "%DV" to find it. Foods listed as 5% or less for sodium are low in sodium. Foods listed as 10% or less are moderately low in sodium. Anything above 20% for sodium is considered high. Try to select foods that provide 5% or less for sodium, per serving.

***In addition it is important to understand that although the serving size might be listed as 30g, the actual size or amount of product consumed may be less than or equal to the amount RDU listed. These vary dependent on how much of the particular food is consumed at one setting over the course of the day. So, while someone may say 7%DV is not good, if you generally use 30g on chicken which is divided between 4 people you're actual intake amount may be less that 2% as some of the product is burned off during grilling. 

Recommendation: Consider the amount of salt/sodium listed on the container, then consider the cooking method and lastly the number of persons that will consume the food as well as the period in which the food will be consumed before counting out a great BBQ sauce or dry rub. 

Sodium Formula:

We've put together a formula which we hope you will fine useful as you consider sodium intake over the course of a meal. 

Listed Value (LV), Amount of Food (AF), Number of People (NP), Amount Intake Per Person (AIP).

Example: Tri Tip, Steak and Rib Rub used on Chicken legs for 4 people at an evening BBQ. All the chicken legs are consumed in this setting.

LV=30g / AF=4 / NP= 4 = AIP = 1.8g = .0313%

In this setting each person would receive less than 1% of the RDU in sodium.


Q. What are the sodium levels for Jake's? 

A. It is important to us that our customers understand our focus on being a natural foods product not only means ingredients but also flavor and taste. We are concerned with the interaction of our products with consumers. We strive to deliver products that almost anyone can use and where necessary we will make changes to products to improve their usefulness and their flavor profiles. 

Here's a list of our products and how they stack up when compared to the FDAs recommendations on Sodium:

Product: Grams/Milligrams Percent RDU Serving Size

Jake's Really Good Mild BBQ Sauce 160mg 7%DV 32g

Jake's Really Nice Medium Hot BBQ Sauce 150mg 6%DV 32g

Jake's Inferno BBQ Sauce 170mg 7%DV 32g

Jake's Blue Oak BBQ Sauce 380mg 16%DV 32g

Jake's Taco Sauce 210mg 9%DV 32g

Jake's Sriracha Ketchup 200mg 9%DV 30g

Jake's Famous Ketchup 180mg 8%DV 17g

Jake's Tri Tip, Steak and Rib Rub 115mg 5%DV 30g

Jake's Santa Barbara Dry Rub 115mg 5%DV 20g

Jake's Pure Santa Maria Rub 6g 20%DV 30g

Jake's California Chipotle Rub 30g 10%DV 30g

Jake's California Chicken Rub 115mg 5%DV 16g

Jake's Santa Barbara Smoked Rub 115mg 5%DV 20g

Jake's Maple Bourbon BBQ 200mg 8%DV 17g

**Note: It is important to mention that the measurements for Jake's Dry rubs and sauces may seem varied especially in the serving size and the grams or milligrams size. This is due to the fact that the measurements were taken by different food technologist at different companies over different periods. These products are produced at 4 different co-pack and blending locations and each may use a different scale to measure the amount of sodium, fat and sugars per serving size and per container. Overall, Jake's is in the lower percentiles when it comes to companies and the amount of sodium used in products. In 95% of the cases Jake's products are lower in sodium, sugars and fats primarily due to the natural ingredients and the classifications general requirements.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 21 September, 2017.