Learn the Labels
Eating low-sodium meals at home starts at the grocery store, and reading nutrition labels will help you make the right choices when you're there. The most common keywords to look for are "soda" or "sodium." Remember that ingredients appear in order of most to least, so if sodium appears in the first five ingredients, you can count on that product containing a pretty heavy dose. Many convenience foods have low-sodium versions, but it's always a good idea to check out how many milligrams are in the low-sodium product, because it might not be as low as you'd like. In addition, learn what different terms mean. For example, there's a difference between "no salt" and "no salt added." If a product says "no salt added," that doesn't mean it's salt-free, it just means the food manufacturer didn't add more to it.