The Low Sodium Lowdown

I recently received this question from FOODPICKER.org:

Q:  I have pre-diabetes and have just been diagnosed with high blood pressure as well.  My doctor says to watch my sodium intake.  I feel like I’ve been hit with a double whammy!  In addition to trying to lose weight and watch my carb intake, I now have to watch my salt as well.  Could you give me some low salt ideas for dinner meals?

If you like to cook, maintaining a low sodium diet will be easy!  As long as you base your diet around fresh, nutritious foods you really can’t go wrong.  Experiment with different herbs and spices, and you will realize that it is easy to make flavorful foods without a bunch of added salt.  Make sure to include lots of vegetables at each meal, especially those that are high in potassium such as artichokes, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.  The high potassium content of these vegetables can actually help to regulate sodium levels in your body.  As always, avoid recipes that contain a lot of cheese or other high-fat dairy products, and use lean meats like fish and poultry.

For those who don’t cook often, adhering to any type of restricted diet is difficult.  If you really want to take charge of your health, I encourage you to get in the habit of cooking your own food.  Processed foods are usually packed with sodium and countless  other unhealthy ingredients.  However, if you must buy processed foods, be sure to check the labels for sodium content.  There are low sodium options for many foods, such as soups and cheeses.  Also, avoid smoked and cured meats such as lunch meats and jerky.

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