Diet & Nutrition
Low Sodium Diet
Following a low Sodium Diet is only indicated if ordered by your doctor.
Too much sodium may cause you to retain extra fluid which may cause your blood pressure to be higher, swelling in your feet and legs, and shortness of breath.
If your doctor has asked you to reduce your sodium intake, the following tips may be helpful.
1/4 tsp. of salt has 500mg of sodium.
Consider using seasonings that are salt free: Mrs. Dash and Parsley Patch are the recommended seasonings because they have very little potassium, if any.
Here are hidden sources to be aware of which contain high levels of sodium:
Seasonings and Sauces: marinade, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, meat tenderizers, garlic sauce, gravy mixes, bouillon, lemon pepper.
Cured, Smoked, and Canned Meats: lunch meats, hotdogs, bacon, and ham.
Canned Vegetables or Juice with salt added: sauerkraut, picked vegetables, frozen lima beans or peas, olives, pickles and relish, pork and beans, v-8 juice.
Snacks and Packaged Side Dishes: chips, pretzels, saltine crackers, salted popcorn, salted nuts, seeds, candy containing chocolate, hamburger helper.
Frozen Meals: Some are high in sodium, read label and select meals lowest in sodium.
Restaurant Meals: Ask for foods prepared without salt ingredients.
Other: Gatorade, canned soups and dried soup mixes, ramen noodles, regular bread, quick cooking cereals and instant hot cereals.