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Kidney Disease: Staying Away from High-Sodium Foods

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Sodium is found in salt and food additives. A healthy diet contains less than 2,000 mg a day. Many people eat more than that due to the sodium additives in pre-prepared, processed foods, and restaurant foods. A high-sodium diet may worsen blood pressure, make some medicines less effective, and lead to quicker loss of kidney function. 

Invest in the health of your kidneys by seeing a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) who specializes in kidney care.  An R.D. will help you select foods to meet unique needs based on your individual medical history.

Remember, reading food labels is one of the best ways to know how much sodium you are getting. The following is a list of foods that are high in sodium This means they have over 200 mg sodium per serving, or over 700 mg sodium per meal). They include:

  • Canned and processed foods, such as many regular canned vegetables, vegetable juice, instant oatmeal, packaged noodle or potato mixes, canned soups and sauces, and some varieties of bread.   Instead, look for vegetables with no added salt, old-fashioned oatmeal, and plain pasta. You can also check bread labels and make your own soup.

  • Cheeses, such as american, blue, parmesan, and roquefort. Stear clear of processed cheeses such as Velveeta and american. Instead choose a slice of real cheese such as swiss or mozzarella. 

  • Cured meats, such as bacon, beef jerky, bologna, corned beef, ham, hot dogs, sandwich meats, and sausages.

  • Fast foods, such as burritos, fish sandwiches, milk shakes, french fries, and tacos. If you must eat fast food, check the nutrition content to make the best choice.

  • Frozen foods, such as meat pies, TV dinners, pizza, and waffles

  • Salted snacks, such as chips, crackers, peanuts, popcorn, pretzels, and nuts., Choose unsalted snacks, fruits, or vegetables to improve nutrition.

  • Other packaged items, such as bread, antacids, baking soda, bouillon, ketchup, lite salt, relish, salted butter and margarine, soy and teriyaki sauce, steak sauce, and vegetable juices. Choose condiments that are low sodium.  Season your food with fresh or dried herbs and spices.  Stay away from salt substitutes made with potassium chloride.

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