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Low Salt Diet

Limiting sodium in the diet can be a challenge for many people, who do not realize how much salt is added to processed foods.

How to limit salt in the diet - handout with nutrition label and pictures of high salt foods, along with lower-salt alternative choices

For our EMR, we use the following shorthand:
Helpful Hints to Limit Salt Intake:
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Do not eat salty snacks (potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, nuts).
Do not touch the salt shaker. Leave it off of the table.
Ask your doctor if you can eat the "lite" salt or salt substitute.
Watch out for MSG and other additives with the word "sodium" in the name.
Eat more home-cooked meals.
Foods cooked from scratch are lower in sodium because you have control over what you add.
Avoid soy sauce, canned soups, and canned vegetables.
Use fresh and frozen vegetables, dried beans, eggs, etc.
Avoid processed meats such as sausage, hot dogs, and salami.
Use fresh or frozen meat, poultry and fish.
Avoid frozen prepared foods such as pizza, burritos, breaded meats, etc.
Avoid buttermilk, and watch out for cheese, including cottage cheese.
Careful with packaged, processed mixes for things like potatoes, rice, pasta, and stuffing.
Cook your own and flavor them yourself. It's cheaper too!
Experiment with other spices (which do not contain salt) in order to make your food more enjoyable.
Try herbs, lemons, oranges, wine and Tabasco sauce.
Avoid medications with sodium, such as alka seltzer, bromoseltzer, and baking soda.
Read food labels - aim for a total sodium of 2000 mg or less, or under a teaspoon per day.