How can I avoid sodium in canned or frozen vegetables if I have diabetes?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

It's become easier than ever to avoid sodium in canned or frozen vegetables. Here's what to do:

  • Choose plain frozen vegetables. Skip the ones with special seasonings and sauces. Season them yourself at home with herbs, spices, onions, garlic or citrus juices.
  • Look for canned vegetables labeled "No Salt Added."
  • Drain and rinse canned beans and other vegetables. This simple step can remove up to 40% of the sodium.
  • Read the labels and compare. There's a wide variety of options on the market. Choose the ones that fit into your lower sodium diet.


As a general rule, frozen or canned vegetables in sauces are higher in both fat and sodium. The following are guidelines for eating canned or frozen non-starchy vegetables:
  • Look for canned or frozen vegetables that say low sodium or no salt added on the label.
  • If using canned vegetables with sodium, drain the vegetables and rinse with water then warm in fresh water. This will cut back on how much sodium is left on the vegetables.

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