Unlike foods you buy at the supermarket, you usually don't know the sodium content of items on a restaurant menu. Yet, if you eat out a lot, the sodium from restaurant meals and snacks could be significant. To eat less salt from foods you order out:

  • Move the salt shaker to another table, or taste before you shake. Ask for a lemon wedge, or bring your own herb blend to enhance the food's flavor.
  • Recognize menu terms that may indicate a high sodium content: pickled, smoked, au jus, soy sauce, or in broth.
  • Nibble on raw veggies rather than salty snacks.
  • Go easy on condiments such as mustard, catsup, pickles, and tartar sauce for burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Enjoy lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Remember that bacon tends to be high in sodium.
  • Ask the server to have your food prepared without added salt; ask for sauces and salad dressings on the side since they're often high in sodium. For a salad, use a twist of lemon, a splash of vinegar, or a light drizzle of dressing.

Does the term "sodium" or "salt" appear on the front of the food label? If so, here's what the descriptions

Label Term Means

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