Low-Salt Diet

Best Bets

  • Fresh foods such fruits, meats, vegetables
  • Oats
  • Packaged or prepared foods: look for labels stating “low-sodium,” “salt-free,” or “unsalted”
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Seasonings and marinades such as dried herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and/or vinegar (in place of salt)

Foods to Avoid

To avoid salt ask about ingredients at restaurants and others’ homes, and read food labels. The following list is not complete. Consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet.

Nonfood Factors

Exercise as you normally would. Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most days of the week.

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Eating Out

Ask for your meals to be prepared without salt when you eat out. Don’t order foods with soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, most salad dressings, or olives. Ask to have the salt shaker removed from the table.
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The information presented here is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2020.