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How can the sodium in the diet be reduced?

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team

  • Use little or no salt to food. Develop a taste for low salt in food. Do not use table salt.
  • Avoid fast foods and restaurant foods as they use very high salt.
  • Avoid ketchup, pickles, olives, all sauces, commercially prepared or cured meats or fish, canned foods (eat fresh foods), salted nuts, peanut butter, chips, popcorn and snacks.

  • Diet suggestions:

  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt for seasoning. Use onions, garlic, lemon and lime juice and rind, dill weed, basil, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, or vinegar to enhance the flavour and aroma of foods. Mushrooms, dhania, red chillies, green chillies, and dried fruits also enhance specific dishes.
  • Add a pinch of sugar or a squeeze of lemon juice to bring out the flavour in fresh vegetables.
  • Rinse canned vegetables with tap water before cooking.
  • Substitute unsalted, polyunsaturated cooking medium for butter or ghee.
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