5 Tips for Sticking to a Low-sodium Diet at Dinner


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Don't Invite Salt to Dine Out

Ask for salad dressing and sauces on the side.
Ask for salad dressing and sauces on the side.
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Going out for dinner might be the most challenging aspect of a low-sodium diet, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a night out with a few modifications. Before you go, look at the restaurant's Web site to see if nutritional information is available. If it's not, don't be afraid to ask questions when you arrive. Can they cook an item without salt? Is the baked potato rolled in salt? These are good examples of questions to ask that will help you make an informed decision. Additionally, avoid fried foods, which usually contain an absurd amount of sodium, and ask for items like sauces or dressings on the side, so you can control how much of these typically sodium-filled items you eat. Finally, ask for substitutions. For example, if a meal comes with French fries, ask for a side salad instead. With a little preparation, you can have a great restaurant meal without the salty dinner companion.