Cooking Low Sodium

  1. Do NOT add salt to food at the table or in cooking. It is not a vital ingredient in any recipe.
  2. Season foods with herbs and spices, pepper, onion, garlic, lemon, vinegar and salt free herbal seasonings such as Mrs. Dash or McKormick’s salt free line of spices.


cooking low sodium


  1. DO NOT use salt substitutes which contain potassium.
  2. Bake, broil, grill, roast, poach, steam or microwave foods without salt.
  3. Leave salt out of cooking water for cereals, rice, pasta, and vegetables.
  4. Check out the nutrition label before purchasing food. Most health care providers recommend less that 2000 mg of sodium daily.
  5. Ask your health care provider for your sodium limit each day.

Food Label


  1. Pay close attention to the serving size (arrow to serving size). Although a package may look small, it may contain more than one serving.
  2. The most important information that you need is the number of milligrams (mg) of sodium in each serving (arrow to Sodium mg).
  3. The percent (%) daily value is not as helpful. Monitor the milligrams and try to stay below the 2000 mg limit.