Whole Foods Market Adds Salt to Frozen Peas! Why?

While shopping at Whole Foods Market, I was reading the label on the store brand organic frozen peas, making sure they were a “product of US.”

Then I glanced at the nutritional data and noticed that there was 200 mg of sodium per serving! Salt? In frozen peas? Why?

whole foods organic peas have salt sodium added

I checked their non-organic frozen peas, and same deal. 200 mg of sodium. I wasn’t happy about it, especially since I purchased a bag a few weeks ago. I very rarely purchase frozen vegetables, but I do like having frozen corn and peas on hand.

I just don’t understand the reason that salt is needed in a frozen vegetable product! I can think of no other reason other than to make it taste better, which seems like a sneaky way to maybe get more customers to purchase again…many not realizing that they are purchasing a product with additional sodium, adding to the flavor!

columbia river organic frozen peas with no added salt

I found the Columbia River Organic brand nearby, and decided to purchase their product instead. No added salt, and product of the US! Sounds good to me!

6 thoughts on “Whole Foods Market Adds Salt to Frozen Peas! Why?”

  1. I like your post. I’ve been buying only organic food at whole foods to make my baby’s puree food. He’s going to start on peas tommorrow so far every veggie has been non-frozen, but i guess peas have to be frozen and your post was very helpful, i do not want to give salt to my baby. Thats one of the main reasons i’m not buying gerber’s so I know whats in his food.

  2. :)
    I’m so glad you found out about the salt, Araceli, before you gave it to your baby. Yes, there is no reason to add salt to baby food!

    And bravo bravo for taking the time to give your baby homemade food! I wish you lots of luck and keep up the great work!

    Happy new year!

  3. Oh one more thing, if you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, they have excellent prices on frozen (USA) organic corn and peas, along with frozen fruit. The fruit isn’t US grown though.

    It might even be worth the trip even if they are a bit further away to stock up if you have room in your freezer.

  4. They don’t add salt to the peas, they use it to separate out peas of different sizes.

    Most of it can be rinsed off.

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