Low-Sodium Diet

I am on a very restricted sodium diet—500 milligrams per day. Do you have any suggestions where I can find tasty recipes? Most "low" or "no fat" recipes seem to call for more sodium to compensate for other flavors being taken out. Thanks! —S.B., Portland, Oregon

You're right! Many low-fat recipes increase other ingredients, such as salt or sugar, to compensate for the flavor loss from fat. As you know, when you're on a 500-milligram sodium diet restriction, every little bit adds up quickly. Here are some useful resources:

  • American Heart Association Low Salt Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Reducing Sodium and Fat in Your Diet.
  • American Heart Association Around the World Cookbook: Healthy Recipes With International Flavor.
  • www.kidney.org. This National Kidney Foundation Web site has some recipes that are quite low in sodium and includes nutritional analysis for each.
  • www.deliciousdecisions.org. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, this site has an online cookbook you can use to search for low-salt recipes.

 
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