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Renal Diet - Sodium

This section has two general categories:

  1. High sodium foods and liquids to avoid, and
  2. salt-free seasonings you may want to try  

General Guidelines

  • Do not add salt to your food while cooking or eating.

 

  • Try seasoning your food with other seasonings that do not contain salt.  See the list of herbs and spices listed below.

1.  Do NOT Eat or Drink These

High Sodium Foods And Liquids:

 

Bacon and Bacon fat

Barbecue Sauces

Bouillon powder or cubes

Buttermilk

Canned, salted, or smoked fish or meat (such as ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, chipped or corned beef, anchovies, sardines, pickled herring, or lox)

Canned tomato or vegetable juices

Chili sauce

Crackers (saltines, soda crackers, and others with salted tops)

Dried soup, sauce, and gravy mixes

Garlic salt

Instant potatoes, noodles, rice, stuffing or casserole mixes

Meat tenderizers

Olives

Onion salt

Pickled vegetables, like cucumbers, onions, peppers, or hot dog relish

Prepared mustard, horseradish, or more than 1 Tablespoon of regular salad dressings

Regular canned soup and canned vegetables

Salted snacks (popcorn, nuts, pretzels, potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips)

Sauerkraut

Sausage

Seasoning salt

Softened water

Soy sauce

Steak sauce

Table salt

Worcestershire sauce

 

 

2.  Try These Salt- Free Seasonings

 

Basil

Celery Seed

Chili powder

Chives

Cumin

Curry powder

Dill weed or seed

Dry mustard

Fresh onion or garlic

Garlic powder

Black or white ground pepper

Lemon Juice

Low sodium bouillon powder or cubes

Marjoram

Onion powder

Oregano

Parsley

Poultry seasoning

Rosemary

Sage

Salt substitutes (DO NOT USE SALT SUBSTITUTES WITH POTASSIUM CHLORIDE UNLESS IT IS OKAY WITH YOUR CAREGIVER)

Savory

Tarragon

Thyme

 

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