High sodium diet (1988)

Key points below

What is a high sodium diet?

Your child’s doctor or dietitian has recommended a diet higher in sodium. Sodium is a mineral that is in many foods. Table salt is the most common form of sodium. This diet includes many foods that your child may already eat. However, some changes may be necessary. This is not a diet that the whole family should follow.  

How much sodium does my child need?

It is recommended that your child have __________________ sodium each day. The food label can help you choose high sodium foods. 

It is important to look at the Serving Size.  

Adjust the sodium amount if your child eats more or less than one serving. Add up your child’s daily sodium intake to see if they are meeting the amount of sodium that has been recommended.

What are high sodium foods?

Many canned and packaged foods are high in sodium. Fast food and other restaurant food may also be high in sodium. Condiments, such as ketchup and soy sauce, are high in sodium. Use this table to help you find high sodium choices in each of the food groups.

Food group High sodium choices
Grains Noodle mixes (macaroni and cheese, ramen soup)
Rice mixes 
Flavored instant oatmeal 
Some ready to eat cereals
Vegetables Canned vegetables 
Frozen vegetables with sauces
Dairy Processed cheese (American, Velveeta) 
Meat and protein  Canned baked beans
Deli meat
Canned meat
Smoked meat
Bacon *
Hot dogs *
Corned beef
Sausage * 
Seasonings and condiments Salt
Soy sauce
Garlic salt
Onion salt
Celery salt
Seasoning mixes (taco and spaghetti sauce seasoning) 
Main dishes TV dinners 
Packaged lunches
Canned soups
Canned stews
Snacks  Salted chips *
Salted pretzels
Salted crackers
Salted nuts 

Items with a * are less healthy.  Choose these items sparingly.




Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.