Cooking meals at home is a great way to control what ingredients are included in the dish. Roasted chicken is usually a healthy option, but some store brands contain high levels of sodium. Consumer Reports' nutrition experts recently evaluated the nutritional information and ingredients of 16 roast chickens from seven well-known supermarkets. They found that Mark Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken, from Sam's Club, was one of the saltiest options.
With 550 milligrams of sodium per 3-ounce serving, this bird contains nine times more sodium than a salt-free roast chicken. Roasted chickens from BJ's Wholesale Club (Perdue roast chicken), Boston Market, Publix (Deli Original), Safeway (Signature Café Traditional), Stop & Shop (Nature's Promise and “honey”), Walmart (traditional) and Wegmans (natural non-organic) have less sodium, ranging from 170 to 368 mg. This popular grocery store item is popular among all ages, incomes, and regions. According to Food and Drug Administration food labeling regulations, hot roasted chickens don't need to have nutritional information on the package, but stores with 20 or more locations should make it available to consumers.
If you have already bought the poultry and notice that it is undercooked, it is best to take it back to the store for proper cooking. Instead of opting for self-service, go to the grocery store and buy a roast chicken for healthier options. Consumer Reports evaluated the nutritional information and ingredients of roasted chickens from seven grocery stores and warehouse clubs.