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August 6, 2014

  Please pass over the salt

iStock_000000597146Small-Salt Shaker PassFollowing a low-sodium diet would be easier to monitor if you bought only fresh, whole foods and prepared them at home. In current times, that just doesn’t seem so doable all the time. Read more…

June 14, 2013

Kidney Diet Tip: Please Pass Over the Salt

 The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend all people reduce sodium to 2,300 mg or less. For African Americans of any age, people who are 51 and older, or those with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, the sodium recommendation is 1,500 mg or less. Meeting these  low-sodium diet guidelines would be easier to monitor if you bought only fresh, whole foods and prepared them at home. In current times, that just doesn’t seem so doable. Enjoying the convenience of packaged foods and prepared meals as well as the pleasure of eating out at a restaurant mean you really don’t know how much sodium is in the food you consume.

One of the easiest ways to cut down on sodium intake is to pass up using table salt. It may take some getting used to, especially if it’s been a lifelong habit to add salt to foods—sometimes even without tasting first. Read more…

March 1, 2011

Meeting lower sodium guidelines on a kidney-friendly diet: breads and cereals

The new sodium guidelines in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are out so now the quest has begun for lower sodium kidney-friendly recipes and foods that are still high in flavor. Today’s post addresses 2 simple ways to reduce sodium—paying attention to your bread and cereal choices. Read more…

December 4, 2008

Holiday eating on a low sodium diet for kidney patients

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…but be sure the snow-white seasoning called salt isn’t falling on your plate this holiday season.

Much of the sodium we consume comes from prepared and processed foods and salt-containing seasonings in addition to the salt shaker. For people with chronic kidney disease or those on kidney dialysis treatments, too much sodium could ruin the holidays. Excess sodium can raise blood pressure and cause swelling due to water retention. It can also increase thirst beyond control—leading to fluid overload and difficulty breathing.

Here are some sodium facts and low sodium suggestions to help Read more…

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