Low Sodium (Salt) Diets


We eat too much salt. Simple but true. As a culture today, the developed world consumes a tremendous amount of sodium. It’s not just in the U.S., but the United Kingdom has had a campaign for about three years to convince people to reduce the amount of salt they consume. Most Asian diets are high in sodium as well, with almost every sauce, from soy sauce to fish sauce to hoisin, having added salt.

As a population it’s a major issue for policy makers to get folks to cut back from over 10,400 milligrams (mg) (that’s 10.4 grams) of sodium per day (about 4 1/2 teaspoons of salt) for men (7.3 grams, or ~1 tablespoon, for women) to the more reasonable 2400 mg. Tough to do, because there’s so much salt in the processed foods that Americans eat. A report by the Council on Science and Public Health estimates that such a lowering of salt intake might save 150,000 lives each year.

That’s a lot of your friends, family and co-workers. Here are Three Easy Steps to a Low Sodium Diet »

Low Sodium Recipes

Breakfast Recipes

Asparagus Frittata

Muffins, pancakes, smoothies and more. Start your day right! Low Sodium Breakfast Recipes »

Soup Recipes

Pasta Fagioli

Familiar favorites like Chicken Noodle Soup to new tastes like Roasted Eggplant Soup. See all Low Sodium Soup Recipes

Salad Recipes

Shrimp Taco Salad

Delicious composed salads, side salads and salad dressings. See all Low Sodium Salad Recipes

Sides & Extras Recipes

Green Beans with Red Onion

Vegetable side dishes, starches such as rice and potatoes and more. See all Low Sodium Side Dish Recipes

Fish Recipes

Cobb Salad with Salmon

Delicious halibut, tuna, grouper, whitefish and more. See all Low Sodium Fish Recipes

Shellfish Recipes

Shrimp Etouffee

Easy, healthy shrimp, scallops, crab, mussels and more. See all Low Sodium Shellfish Recipes

Beef / Lamb Recipes

Steak au Poivre

Savor the flavors of beef and lamb with easy, satisfying Low Sodium Beef and Lamb Recipes »

Pork Recipes

Sage Mustard Pork Tenderloin

Enjoy healthy, delicious pork with easy, satisfying Low Sodium Pork Recipes

Chicken and Turkey Recipes

Kung Pao Chicken

Quick favorites and easy classics for those on Coumadin (warfarin). See all Low Sodium Poultry Recipes

Vegetarian Recipes

Mac and Cheese

Quick and easy tomato sauce, pastas and risotto dishes make meatless delicious. See all Low Sodium Vegetarian Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Creme Brulee

Classic desserts such as Creme Brulee along with Whipped Cream and more. See all Low Sodium Dessert Recipes


The Dr. Gourmet Low Sodium Diet

The Dr. Gourmet Low Sodium Diet

Following a Low Sodium Diet Can Be Delicious!

The Dr. Gourmet website has extensive information on following a low sodium diet along with hundreds of low-sodium recipes. The Low Sodium Diet: Guide and Cookbook collects that guidance as well as a selection of popular low-sodium recipes in a convenient guide. Reducing your salt intake doesn't have to mean bland, boring food.

This guide, written by physician and chef Timothy S. Harlan, MD, includes:

• Reliable information based on sound science about the effects of salt on your heart and health
• 80+ delicious low sodium recipes
• Ingredient and cooking tips throughout the book
• Complete Nutrition Facts for each recipe

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