by the ADI Team

Reducing our sodium (salt) intake is important to help keep our blood pressure at a healthy level. If you’re living with diabetes, maintaining a healthy blood pressure and taking care of your kidneys are important parts in managing your condition.
Foods naturally contain small amounts of sodium, but most of the sodium in our diet is added during food processing. Our sodium intake should be no more than 1,500 to 2,300 mg per day. Unfortunately, most people eat consume twice this amount.
Shopping Tips:

  • Choose block cheese rather than processed cheese;
  • Choose unsalted crackers, nuts and popcorn;
  • Choose fresh meat and poultry over processed meats such as ham, cold cuts, bologna, wieners and chicken nuggets;
  • Choose fresh potatoes rather than instant and frozen;
  • Choose fresh or frozen vegetables rather than canned;
  • Limit convenience foods such as frozen dinners, frozen pizza, dry casserole mixes and canned soups;
  • Limit condiments such as pickles, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard and relish; and
  • Look for reduced sodium options

Recipe of the Month:

Salt Substitute

1 ½ tsp  dry mustard
1 ½ tsp  onion powder
1 Tbsp  paprika
½ tsp  dry thyme
1 ½ tsp  basil
1 Tbsp  garlic powder
¼ tsp  cayenne pepper
1 ½ tsp  black pepper

Did you know:

That 1 tsp of salt contains 2350 mg of sodium ...

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