Many people with diabetes also have - or will have - high blood pressure. So it's a good idea to limit the amount of salt you eat. Here are some easy ways to do that:
- Taste the food before adding salt. Most foods need very little, if any, added salt.
- Use fewer canned, packaged and convenience foods. They are very high in sodium.
- Look for sodium-free products.
- Instead of salt, season your food with herbs, lemon or lime juice, flavored vinegars, and spices such as cayenne pepper, mace, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, turmeric, coriander, ginger, and celery seeds.
- Avoid eating smoked or cured meats like bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts. Instead, eat sliced turkey, chicken, and lean roast beef.
- Use low-sodium varieties of ketchup, soy sauce, tomato paste, tomato and vegetable juice, and other products.
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Source: The Joslin Diabetes Gourmet Cookbook, p. 453-4. Copyright 1993 by Bonnie Sanders Polin, Frances Towner Giedt and Joslin Diabetes Center. Published by Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc.