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Note that while this module concentrates on following a low-sodium diet, other nutritional issues may be of concern to you as well. For example, everyone should watch the amount of fat they eat.

Also, if you have diabetes, you should watch the amount of sugar you eat. These issues are discussed in more detail in Module 8: Lifestyle Changes.

This module provides information on:

  • How to follow a low-sodium diet.
  • The sodium content of selected foods and condiments.
  • Substitutes for high-sodium foods and condiments.

It will help you:

  • Reduce your sodium intake.
  • Cook meals with low-sodium foods.
  • Make good choices when you eat in a restaurant.

This module has a lot of information in it. You don’t have to read it all at once. You may find it helpful to read it by sections and to come back whenever you have questions about a low-sodium diet.

What is a Low Sodium Diet?
How Do I Follow a Low Sodium Diet?
Reading a Food Label for Sodium?
Tips to Help You Get Started on a Low Sodium Diet
Tracking Sodium in Your Diet
Examples of High-Sodium Foods and Low-Sodium Alternatives
Questions to Ask Your Doctor or Nurse
Questions and Answers About a Low-Sodium Diet
Examples of Sodium Content of Fast Food

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