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Heart Failure

What high-sodium foods should I avoid if I have heart failure?

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  • ANasir Sulemanjee, MD, Cardiology, answered on behalf of Aurora Health Care

    Foods high in sodium to avoid if you have heart failure include:

    • Cured, smoked, or canned meats including lunch meats and sausage
    • Vegetable or tomato juices
    • Foods with salt toppings such as saltines
    • Cheese, especially processed cheeses
    • Canned vegetables unless low sodium or no salt added
    • Regular canned soup or broth
    • Seasonings/condiments such as soy sauce, steak sauce, mustard, ketchup and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • Processed foods such as box mixes of pasta, rice, or stuffing
    • Foods in a salt brine such as sauerkraut, pickles, olives, and salted fish
    • Pizza
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