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Salt: Questions for Your Doctor

If you need to limit the amount of salt in your diet, see a doctor or dietitian to help you evaluate your current diet and target how much salt you should have in your diet. Here are some questions to consider asking:

  • How can eating less salt help me?
  • Isn't salt found in all foods?
  • Do I need a minimum amount of salt?
  • Can you tell me some foods to avoid because of high salt content?
  • If I like these foods, what can I substitute?
  • How can I count salt content in my foods?
  • What's the difference between salt and sodium? Aren't they the same?
  • How can food labels and ingredient lists help me cut back on salt?
  • How can I cook using less salt?
  • What if others in my family don't want to lower the salt in our diet?
By Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last Revised July 12, 2012

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