Low Sodium Hot Sauce Options for the Health Conscious

Incredible flavor without compromise is possible.

As discussed in our previous blog, Bring the Heat! 7 Surprising Health Benefits of Hot Sauce, our love for peppers mixed with vinegar and other goodness can lead to many positive health effects. However, one aspect that chileheads with health concerns (such as high blood pressure) need to be extra attentive to is a common added ingredient in hot sauce, salt. If you are one of the 100 million Americans that have high blood pressure, hypertension can lead to grave consequences, mostly heart disease and stroke which leads to you know what. We’re not here to scare you! Luckily, at Flower City Flavor Company, we offer many low sodium hot sauce options and many no sodium hot sauces as well that don’t trade-off on flavor. Here are 10 of our favorites!

High River Sauces Cheeba Gold Hot Sauce

Cheeba Gold

High River Sauces
Sodium per serving: 15mg, 1% DV*

Appearing on the hit YouTube show Hot Ones on season 8, this fiery mustard based hot sauce mixes sweet peaches, curry and scotch bonnets for a “flavor reminiscent of the West Indies.” I could use a trip to Barbados…

Sauce Bae Skinny Habanero Hot Sauce

Sauce Bae Skinny Habanero

Sauce Bae
Sodium per serving: 20mg, 1% DV*

Also appearing on Hot Ones (season 9), Sauce Bae prides itself as a healthy “truly all natural” hot sauce that is as good for you as it is versatile. No thickeners…no preservatives..no problem! Sauce Bae touts turmeric as it’s secret weapon and turmeric is known to have health benefits.

CaJohns Hot Spots Ember Hot Sauce

Hot Spots – Ember

Sodium per serving: 0mg, 0% DV*

CaJohns is legendary in the world of hot sauce. They have a seemingly endless lineup of almost any type of sauce you can think of. I feel one of their hidden gems is their Hot Spots brand. Ember is my favorite of the bunch. The sweetness of the brown sugar mixed with chipotle makes for a unique yet versatile sauce. Oh yea…this is one of our completely sodium-free sauces!

Bravado Spice Co. Creamy Herb & Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Creamy Herb & Jalapeno

Bravado Spice Co.
Sodium per serving: 10mg, 0% DV*

I’m in love with this unique offering from one of the best top-to-bottom lineup of hot sauce companies in the country, Bravado. As a huge olive oil lover, to find it in a hot sauce, and to have it been done well, was surprising. A mild mix of savory herbs mixed with fresh jalapeños. Pro tip, try using it on steak paired with a side of zucchini.

Burns & McCoy Especia Roja Hot Sauce

Especia Rosa

Burns & McCoy
Sodium per serving: 0mg, 0% DV*

Spanish for red spice (I had to use Google translate, my 4 1/4 years of Spanish in school has been all but forgotten), I’m always asked what’s a good, every day, not-too-hot sauce I can use as my table sauce…this is it. Not only is it completely sodium free, it is vegan and gluten-free too! Make this your Taco Tuesday must-have.

The Spicy Shark Megalodon Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce

Megalodon Reaper

The Spicy Shark
Sodium per serving: 15mg, 1% DV*

Like the legendary shark that bears its name, this Carolina Reaper based sauce’s powerful bite might actually make you wish you were dropped into a shark tank instead! Sweet cherry turns not-so-sweet when the reaper creeps in. Fans of super-hot fruit based sauces that I’ve spoken with say this sauce is one of their absolute favorites, if not the favorite.

Fat Cat Caribbean Curry Hot Sauce

Caribbean Curry

Fat Cat
Sodium per serving: 10mg, 0% DV*

Hey all you cool cats and kittens (sorry, I had to)! Take a trip to the Caribbean without leaving your kitchen! Fat Cat’s brilliantly mixed scotch bonnet and serrano pepper blend with Jamaican curry powder to give it it’s exotic flavor that any fan of curry will want to add to their cabinets.

Torchbearer Sauces The Rapture Hot Sauce

The Rapture

Torchbearer Sauces
Sodium per serving: 20mg, 1% DV*

“What’s the hottest you got!?” This is always my most asked question anytime I’m vending at the Rochester Public Market or other fantastic local event. I don’t hesitate to pull out The Rapture, 1.2 million Scoville units of pure lava. No extract in this one, 16 scorpion peppers instead. The Rapture is BY FAR my best seller at the above mentioned Market and events (well, best seller of what I don’t sample. I don’t have enough insurance to sling this one out!)

Rising Smoke Sauceworks Fire Starter Hot Sauce

Fire Starter

Rising Smoke Sauceworks
Sodium per serving: 10mg, 0% DV*

A “Low-N-Slow Burn”, mild hot sauce fans will love this verde-style offering from Rising Smoke Sauceworks. This was a 2nd Place recipient at the 2020 Fiery Food Challenge at ZestFest 2020 for American Style Mild/Medium (only losing to itself, Smoldering Embers). As much as we love the flavor on this one, we equally love the label which features a jalapeño and garlic sitting at a campfire roasting marshmallows.

PepperNutz Pineapple Persuasion Hot Sauce

Pineapple Persuasion

Sodium per serving: 20mg, 1% DV*

My personal favorite from the Peppernutz line comes from my hometown of Rochester, NY (aka the Flower City). Don’t be fooled by the fruit, this sauce packs a powerful punch of heat but the flavor is what will have you coming back for more. My favorite use…scrambled eggs! Don’t knock it until you try it!

*Based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet.

No or low sodium hot sauce? No problem!

There you have it. The above lineup of ten hot sauces can stand up to any ten, anywhere. Flavor doesn’t have to be the enemy of healthy. I hope this blog gave you some great options for a low sodium hot sauce to consider.

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