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Additional Guidelines For Limiting Sodium

The following list reviews additional guidelines for limiting sodium:

Meats, Fish, Poultry
Choose fresh or frozen products: chicken, turkey, fish, beef, lamb, pork and veal. Frozen dinners should contain less than 600mg sodium per dinner.

Limit- processed luncheon meats such as bologna, salami, pastrami, sausage, bacon, hot dogs, ham, salt pork, canned, salted, cured or smoked meats, poultry or fish.

Choose liquid, reconstituted dry or evaporated milk, yogurt or low sodium cheeses such as Swiss, mozzarella, grated parmesan; other "low-sodium" cheeses.

Limit- buttermilk, American cheese, hard parmesan cheese, bleu cheese, romano, processed cheese, feta cheese, cheese spread or sauces and creamed cottage cheese.

Choose fresh or plain frozen vegetables. Use "no salt added" or "low-sodium" canned vegetables, or drain and rinse canned vegetables.

Limit- regular canned vegetables, especially canned tomato products, cooked beans/legumes and vegetable juices (V-8). Sauerkraut, vegetables cooked with salt pork or bacon. Regular, sweet or sour pickles, relish or olives.

Choose any fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruit, or any fruit juice.

All fruits are acceptable!

Choose regular or salt-free breads, unsalted or low sodium snack foods, and dry cereals with less than 250 mg per serving.

Limit- crackers, chips, pretzels, nuts and popcorn with salt toppings. Quick breads with self-rising flour or commercial instant mixes. Also, commercially seasoned rice and noodle dishes (unless you modify the amount of seasoning added).

Choose oil, margarine, mayonnaise, low-sodium salad dressings or homemade salad dressings.

Instead of: bacon, bacon grease, salt pork, fat back, commercial salad dressings, salted nuts

Prepare homemade soups using low sodium bouillon cube or homemade broth. Use reduced sodium canned soups sparingly.

Limit- regular canned soups, dry packaged soup mixes or soups made with regular bouillon cubes.