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What foods should I avoid if I'm on a low sodium diet?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Sodium is in most foods including fresh vegetables grown in your garden. The best strategy to reduce sodium in your diet is to first look at the higher sodium foods. You can then make adjustments to a lower sodium alternative. Canned foods, cured or smoked meats, foods soaked in brine like pickles, broth or bouillon, frozen dinners, snack foods that you can see salt on them, and fast food are some of the higher sodium foods. Suggestions to lower the sodium include: purchase no added salt canned foods as well as bouillon and broths, choose fresh meats instead of cured or smoked meats, purchase no added salt snack foods, and cook at home more often than eating out. 

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