Written by: Ericka Yiu, Dietetic Intern
You may need to limit the amount of sodium in your diet. This is because high blood pressure, kidney disease, and sodium are often related. Learning to read labels can help you make lower sodium choices. Sodium is found in many foods, but is especially high in the following:
● table salt and foods with added salt such as snack foods, soups and processed cheese
● some canned foods, prepared foods, and "fast foods"
● foods pickled in brine such as pickles, olives, and sauerkraut
● smoked and cured foods such as ham, bacon, and luncheon meats
Try flavoring your food with spices and seasonings instead! Use:
● Cinnamon in custard and pudding, sweet breads, rolls, fruits, fruit salad, pork, pumpkin, winter squash, and sweet potatoes.
● Cloves in sweet breads, fruit, ham, pork, baked beans, tomatoes, winter squash, and sweet potatoes.
● Curry powder with beef, veal, chicken, turkey, and fish or potato soup.
● Ginger with baked fish, carrots, pot roast, ham, chicken, turkey, rice, and fruit.
● Mace in chicken soup, baked fruit desserts, carrots, cauliflower, custard, fruit jams, lamb, potatoes, and pumpkin.
● Nutmeg in sweet breads, fruits, vegetables, and custard.
● Chives in eggs, pasta, cream or potato soup, corn, potatoes, and salad dressing.
● Garlic (minced, powdered, or freshly chopped) with shellfish, lamb, soup, dips and sauces, Italian dishes, meats, and poultry.
● Lemon with chicken, fruit salads, grilled or baked fish, shellfish, spinach, and tossed salads.
● Onion (dried, powdered, or freshly chopped) with beef, liver, egg salad, green salad, casseroles, pasta dishes, and stews.
● Vinegar (such as balsamic, cider, flavored, red wine, or white) with cucumbers, cooked greens, potatoes, salad dressings, spinach, and seafood.
For more information on how to read labels, lower sodium consumption, and prevent kidney disease from progressing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our next FREE Kidney Interactive Workshop and Information (KIWI) series.