Use this free List of Low Sodium Foods to cut excess sodium out of your daily healthy eating.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines "low sodium" as less than 140 mg of sodium per serving. That's the guideline I used in compiling this list. Find your recommended daily sodium intake here. I wish I could list every item in groceries and restaurants that is low sodium, but the list would change every day! So I kept it more general to make a useful list. Keep checking your food labels because manufacturers change their products constantly.
General rules: Fresh food is low in sodium. Foods high in sodium are often processed food and restaurant food.
Surprisingly, chips aren't terribly high in sodium IF you stick to one serving size.
Restaurant food can be very high in sodium and rarely "low" (140 mg or less). Here are some helpful tips:
If you have a smart phone, you can get Restaurant, Fast Food, or Sodium apps that will give you up-to-date nutritional information for many, many restaurants. I use these all the time to pick lower calorie and lower fat items. If you don't have a phone with apps, you can usually research a restaurant's nutrition facts on the internet.
In general (there are always exceptions):
Bar and grill restaurants are usually higher in sodium than fast food.
Drinks (not shakes)
Side salads (use very little dressing)
Grilled meats (sometimes)
groceries and restaurants are listening to consumers more and more and
offering healthier foods. Getting to know the list of low sodium foods
will help you make good choices!
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