What is a Low Sodium Diet?

SaltCrystalsA low sodium diet aims for consuming less than 2,000 mg of sodium per day. Stay away from high sodium foods (see list below), and choose low sodium identified pre-packaged food items when possible. When reading food labels, low sodium is defined as 140 mg of sodium per serving (or 5% of RDA).

High Sodium Foods to avoid or limit:

  • Smoked, cured, salted or canned meat, fish or poultry including bacon, cold cuts, ham, frankfurters, sausage, sardines, caviar and anchovies
  • Frozen breaded meats and dinners, such as burritos and pizza
  • Canned entrees, such as ravioli, spam and chilli
  • Salted nuts
  • Beans canned with salt added
  • Buttermilk
  • Regular and processed cheese, cheese spreads and sauces
  • Cottage cheese
  • Regular canned vegetables and vegetable juices
  • Olives, pickles, sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables
  • Vegetables made with ham, bacon or salted pork
  • Packaged mixes, such as scalloped or au gratin potatoes, frozen hash browns and Tater Tots
  • Commercially prepared pasta and tomato sauces and salsa
  • Regular canned and dehydrated soup, broth and bouillon
  • Soy sauce, seasoning salt, other sauces and marinades
  • Bottled salad dressings, regular salad dressing with bacon bits
  • Salted butter or margarine
  • Instant pudding and cake
  • Large portions of ketchup, mustard

*For a more thorough list of foods to avoid and more reference information, see those websites dedicated to a low sodium lifestyle.

Please note: Some recipes we categorize as Low Sodium may have ingredients that are easily substituted for Low Sodium-allowed ingredients and we assume you will make the correct substitutions (eg. whole milk instead of buttermilk), or omit them entirely if possible. We have tried to be as thorough and complete as we can in identifying Low Sodium-friendly ingredients in our recipes, however our list is by no means exhaustive, and some ingredients may have been overlooked. If you notice a problem please use the “Report A Problem” link on the page you notice it on and tell us about it.  

 

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