The Why: Rick’s Picks has come up with a classic New York deli pickle that is chunky and garlicky but low in sodium. A typical 1-ounce pickle has 210 milligrams of sodium, whereas The People’s Pickle has only 70 milligrams of sodium per ounce. One of the main reasons to limit sodium is that too much has been linked to high blood pressure, which increases the risk of strokes, heart failure and kidney damage. When your blood pressure is too high, your heart works harder, and your blood vessels and organs are exposed to additional force and stress. Currently a third of all Americans have high blood pressure, often with no symptoms.
The #Health Bonus: In addition to being low-calorie, pickles are also low-fat or fat-free and count toward your much-needed fruit and veggie quota.
What We Liked Best: Rick’s Picks is a good company with good intentions, and they make great pickles.
What We Liked Least: When you buy online you don’t get to meet Rick, who is very passionate about his pickles.
The Price: $7.99 for a 24-ounce jar.
Where to Buy: Rick’s Picks online store.
Nutrition Facts: 1 ounce (about 12): 15 calories, 0g fat, 70mg sodium, 3g carbs, 1g protein.
Ingredients: Cucumbers, vinegar, water, garlic, dill, coriander, salt, calcium chloride (a natural mineral to promote crispness).