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Learning About Low-Sodium Foods

What foods are low in sodium?

The foods you eat contain nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Sodium is a nutrient. Your body needs the right amount to stay healthy and work as it should. You can use the list below to help you make choices about which foods to eat.


  • Fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruit


  • Fresh or frozen vegetables, with no added salt
  • Canned vegetables, low-sodium or with no added salt

Grains with no added salt

  • Bagels
  • Cereal
  • Corn tortillas
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal, cooked
  • Popcorn
  • Pasta and noodles, cooked
  • Rice, cooked
  • Pretzels

Dairy and dairy alternatives

  • Butter, unsalted
  • Cream cheese
  • Ice cream
  • Milk
  • Soy milk

Meats and other protein foods

  • Beans and peas, canned with no salt
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fish (not smoked)
  • Fresh meats (not smoked or cured)
  • Nuts and nut butter, prepared without salt
  • Poultry, not packaged with sodium solution
  • Tofu, unseasoned
  • Tuna, canned without salt


  • Garlic
  • Herbs and spices
  • Lemon juice
  • Mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Salt-free seasoning mixes
  • Vinegar

Work with your doctor to find out how much of this nutrient you need. Depending on your health, you may need more or less of it in your diet.

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