This paper determined sodium provisions from a seven-day cycle menu and commissary at a rural Southwest County jail and compared it to Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) recommendations for sodium.
A seven-day cycle menu and commissary items were used to determine sodium content for each meal and commissary pack. Estimates for the menu and commissary packs paired with the menu (commissary scenarios) were converted to a daily average of sodium and compared to DRI and DASH recommendations.
Menu provisions provided 167% of daily DRI sodium recommendations and 256% of daily DASH sodium recommendations. The sodium content for individual commissary scenarios averaged 218% of DRI and 334% of DASH recommendations. Commissary items are notably high in sodium and if eaten can significantly exceed dietary recommendations.
Small changes to one meal within the cycle menu and the inclusion of fresh or frozen produce could reduce sodium content to align with DRI and DASH recommendations.
The authors would like to thank the jail staff and administration for providing data. The authors would also like to thank Ms Ashley Hale for her thoughtful contributions to the data interpretation.This study was funded by the Northern Arizona University College of Health and Human Services 2019–2020 Creativity/Seed Grant Program (PI: Camplain). Research reported in this publication was additionally supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54MD012388. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
Kuss, B., Lopez, N.V., Hardy, S.T., Spilkin, A., Brauer, J., Phillips, R., Delio, G. and Camplain, R. (2022), "Sodium content of menu and commissary provisions in rural jail exceeds heart-healthy dietary recommendations", International Journal of Prisoner Health, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 384-393. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPH-08-2021-0087
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