Swan LogoThe Two-Gram Sodium Diet

Food Category Foods Recommended Foods to Avoid
Grains
  • Breads and rolls without salted tops; muffins
  • Ready-to-eat and cooked cereals
  • Unsalted crackers and breadsticks
  • Low-sodium or homemade breadcrumbs or stuffing
  • All rice and pastas
  • Breads, rolls, and crackers with salted tops
  • Quick breads, self-rising flour, and biscuit mixes
  • Regular bread crumbs
  • Instant hot cereals
  • Commercially prepared rice, pasta, or stuffing mixes
Vegetables
  • Most fresh, frozen, and low-sodium canned vegetables
  • Low-sodium and salt-free vegetable juices
  • Regular canned vegetables and juices, including sauerkraut and pickled vegetables
  • Frozen vegetables with sauces
  • Commercially prepared potato and vegetable mixes
Fruits
  • Most fresh, frozen, and canned fruits
  • All fruit juices
  • Fruits processed with salt or sodium
Milk
  • All milk, but limit to a total of 2 cups daily
  • All yogurt
  • Most low-sodium cheeses, including ricotta, cream cheese, and cottage cheese
  • Malted and chocolate milk
  • Regular and processed cheese, cheese spreads, and sauces
  • Buttermilk (no more than 1 cup per week)
Meats and Beans
  • Any fresh or frozen beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, and some shellfish
  • Eggs and egg substitutes
  • Low-sodium peanut butter
  • Dried peas and beans
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Any smoked, cured, salted, or canned meat, fish, or poultry, including bacon, chipped beef, cold cuts, frankfurters, sausages, sardines, and anchovies
  • Frozen breaded meats
  • Salted nuts
Fats and Oils
  • Low-sodium or unsalted butter and margarine
  • All plain oils, low-sodium salad dressings
  • Oils mixed with other, high-sodium ingredients (e.g., salad dressing)
Snacks, Sweets, and Condiments
  • Low-sodium or unsalted versions of broths, soups, soy sauce, condiments, and snack foods
  • Pepper, herbs, and spices; vinegar, lemon, or lime juice
  • Broth, soups, gravies, and sauces, made from instant mixes or other high-sodium ingredients
  • Salted snack foods, olives
  • Meat tenderizers, seasoning salt, and most flavored vinegars
Beverages
  • Low-sodium carbonated beverages
  • Commercially softened water

 

 
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