Low-Sodium Diet

Sodium is a nutrient found in the body. It plays an important role in keeping the body’s fluids normal. Sodium can be found in our foods through salt, dairy products, protein, celery, carrots and spinach. The food industry adds a lot of sodium to foods which is why it is so important to read food labels when you are buying food.

It is easy to flavor food without adding too much salt. There are a number of salt replacements available which contain potassium instead of sodium. Consult your physician before using one.

Below are a list of foods that are recommended and those you should avoid.

Recommended Foods

Foods to Avoid

Spices

Onion, parsley, dill, mint, bay leaves, paprika, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, vinegar, lemon, ginger; homemade horse radish and mustard; rosemary, vanilla and sesame

Salt, soup powder, celery salt, citric acid, sea salt, MSG and products that contain it. Mixed spices such as grilled spices; Sauces such as soy sauce and ketchup

Dairy Products

Milk, leben, yogurt, cream, unsalted white hard cheeses

Cheeses: yellow, salty, sliced

Meat Products

Meat, chicken, fish, turkey; * eggs

Smoked or preserved meat and fish such as pastrami, sardines, tuna, anchovies; sausages; prepared schnitzels; prepared soy-based meat replacements

Legumes

All dried legumes: chickpeas, peas, lentils, soy beans

Canned legumes

Grains

Salt-less bread, matza, salt-less crackers, pasta, rice, oats, barley, wheat-berries, potatoes

Pretzels, cornflakes, soup nuts, wafers, bourkeas, black bread, white bread, pita

Fats

Vegetable oil, low-sodium margarine/butter, avocado, homemade tahini, nuts, almonds

Butter or margarine; olives, tahini

Vegetables

Fresh or frozen

Preserved or canned

Fruit

Fresh or cooked

preserved

Misc.

Sugar, honey, halva, chocolate

Chips, Bamba, bisli, pizza

*based on dietician’s recommendation