Having Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes puts you at a much greater risk for High Blood Pressure, Obesity, getting or worsening of Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. High levels of sodium (salt) in your diet can even further increase that risk. This is why your Nephrologists and Primary Care Physicians advise that you limit table salt, garlic salt and other common or even hidden sodium foods. But, do they tell you to look out for the salt content in your morning cereal, or the sodium in vegetable juice? Yes, salt may be in products that you are eating every day which even the most experienced patient can overlook.
WebMD notes that although cereal may seem healthy, brands of raisin bran have as much as 250 milligrams of sodium per cup. If you are able to eat cereal, ask your Dietitian about eating puffed rice and puffed wheat cereals which are typically sodium free.
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Packaged meats and canned vegetables can also be very high in sodium. 2 slices of dry salami alone can pack as much as 362 milligrams of sodium. You may be surprised that meats which may be "healthier" are actually higher in salt content. Similarly, try to purchase vegetables labeled "no salt added" if they are canned. Also, Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can lower sodium concentration by washing their vegetables before eating them.
Vegetable juice may be a healthy choice to get needed nutrients, but not the best choice for those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes who are watching their salt intake. Just one cup of vegetable juice cocktail contains 479 milligrams of sodium.
Soups and pre-packaged sides contain high sodium ingredients. Just a cup of canned chicken noodle soup, for instance, can contain as much as 744 milligrams of sodium. It is best to cook at home with fresh ingredients to avoid undesired added sodium. If you choose canned soups, then look for low-sodium labels.
Those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes may think that they just add and enhance flavor but Marinades, Flavorings and even Condiments may all provide a hardy helping of salt. One tablespoon of Ketchup is 167 milligrams of salt, while similar servings of relish and capers are 122 milligrams and 252 milligrams of salt respectively. Consider sodium free condiments, cranberry relish, and apple butter for more natural, lower sodium alternatives.
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Your very medicine may have significant sodium concentrations. This includes headache, heartburn, phosphorus binder, and statin medicines. Simply discuss the issue with your Healthcare Team to determine if you have any lower sodium medicinal alternatives.
When you are looking for added salt in food check labels for key words including: "Sodium-free" (less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving); "very low-sodium" (35 milligrams or less per serving); "low-sodium" (less than 140 milligrams per serving); "reduced sodium" (sodium level reduced by 25%); "unsalted," "no salt added," or "without added salt" (made without the salt that's normally used, but still contains the sodium that's a natural part of the food itself).
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