Looking Out For Hidden Sodium

Not all sodium comes in the form of salt. Many preservatives contain sodium, so check the labels of the food you buy even if they don’t taste salty.


Common sources of hidden sodium include:

  1. Canned vegetables and soups
  2. “Convenience” foods – frozen dinners and deli foods
  3. Dairy products – cheese, milk (limit skim or 1% to 2 cups/day)



  1. Hot dogs, bratwurst, lunch meats, jerky and all sausages.
  2. Prepared sauces, soy sauce, steak sauce, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce.
  3. Packaged pasta, noodle and rice dishes that contain a flavor packet or have flavoring mixed in.
  4. Spice mixes such a lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, taco seasoning or chili mix.



  1. Precooked and frozen rice, pasta or potatoes.

Many sources of sodium are hidden in places other than the food you eat.

  1. DO NOT brush your teeth with baking soda or toothpaste with baking soda or salt in it.


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  1. DO NOT use salt water to rinse your mouth. In the event of ulcers, contact your physician or dentist for safe alternatives. In the event of poorly fitted dentures, call your dentist for an appointment.
  2. DO NOT take antacids unless they are marked “low sodium”.