Nutrition Facts
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Important Nutrition Guidelines

  • Include high-fiber foods. Following a heart-healthy diet made up of high-fiber, low-cholesterol and low-sodium foods will help you maintain or reach a healthy body weight. Cooked dried peas, beans (legumes) and whole grain foods also help with digestion and controlling glucose levels.
  • Use fresh ingredients and/or foods with no salt added whenever possible. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish are low-sodium foods.
  • Most frozen vegetables are good alternatives to fresh. Canned or frozen fruits are acceptable. Choose no-salt-added canned vegetables, or rinse canned vegetables before they are cooked.
  • For favorite recipes, you may need to use other ingredients and delete or decrease the amount of salt you add. Salt can be removed from any recipe except those that contain yeast.
  • Avoid convenience foods such as canned soups, entreés, vegetables, pasta and rice mixes, frozen dinners, instant cereal and puddings, and gravy sauce mixes.
  • If you must choose frozen entreés, select those that contain 600 mg or less of sodium. However, limit these items to one per day. Check the Nutrition Facts label on the package for sodium content.
  • Avoid canned, cured or smoked meats and items like deli meats.
  • Low-sodium canned soups may be used.

These guidelines are discussed in more detail:

Learning to read food labels

Food labels are standardized by the U.S. government’s National Labeling and Education Act (NLEA). Review the food label below. If you do not know how much total sodium is in this product, ask your dietitian or health care provider to show you how to read food labels and apply the information to your personal needs.

A. The serving size represents the typical amount eaten by an adult . If you eat 2 portions, multiply nutrition values by 2.

B. The sodium content is listed on the food label per serving size. Ignore the % daily value and focus on the amount of mg sodium per serving. Decreasing the total amount of sodium you consume to 2,000 milligrams (mg) per day is one of the most important ways to manage heart failure

"Low sodium" = 140 mg or less per serving
"No sodium" = less than 5 mg per serving

Sodium guidelines

Your doctor may recommend that you consume no more than 2,000 mg of sodium per day. Eating a low-sodium diet means more than just eliminating the salt shaker from the table! However, that is a good start since one teaspoon of table salt = 2,300 mg of sodium. Also remember that 77% of all sodium is in processed food. It is important to keep a record of the amount of sodium you consume every day. Write down the amount, in mg, after each meal or snack. Lowering sodium in your diet means 3 things:

  1. Get rid of the salt shaker.
  2. Check food labels.
  3. Make sensible choices when dining away from home.

Comparison of Sodium in Foods

Protein

  • Bacon
    • Serving Size: 1 medium slice
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 155
  • Chicken (dark meat)
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz roasted
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 87
  • Chicken (light meat)
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz roasted
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 77
  • Egg, fried
    • Serving Size: 1 large
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 162
  • Egg, scrambled with milk
    • Serving Size: 1 large
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 171
  • Dried beans, peas or lentils
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Haddock
    • Serving Size: 3 oz cooked
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 74
  • Halibut
    • Serving Size: 3 oz cooked
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 59
  • Ham (roasted)
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1300-1500
  • Hamburger (lean)
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz broiled medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 77
  • Hot dog (beef)
    • Serving Size: 1 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 585
  • Peanuts, dry roasted
    • Serving Size: 1 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 228
  • Pork loin, roasted
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 65
  • Roast veal leg
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 68
  • Roast lamb leg
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 65
  • Salmon
    • Serving Size: 3 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 50
  • Shellfish
    • Serving Size: 3 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 100 to 325
  • Shrimp
    • Serving Size: 3 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 190
  • Spareribs, braised
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 93
  • Steak, T-bone
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 66
  • Tuna, canned in spring water
    • Serving Size: 3 oz chunk
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 300
  • Turkey, dark meat
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz roasted
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 76
  • Turkey, light meat
    • Serving Size: 3.5 oz roasted
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 63

Dairy Products

  • American Cheese
    • Serving Size: 1 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 443
  • Buttermilk, salt added
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 260
  • Cheddar cheese
    • Serving Size: 1 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 175
  • Cottage cheese, low fat
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 918
  • Milk, whole
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 120
  • Milk, skim or 1%
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 125
  • Swiss cheese
    • Serving Size: 1 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 75
  • Yogurt, plain
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 115

Vegetables and Vegetable Juice

  • Asparagus
    • Serving Size: 6 spears
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 10
  • Avocado
    • Serving Size: 1/2 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 10
  • Beans, white, cooked
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Beans, green
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Beets
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 84
  • Broccoli, raw
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 12
  • Broccoli, cooked
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 20
  • Carrot, raw
    • Serving Size: 1 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 25
  • Carrot, cooked
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 52
  • Celery
    • Serving Size: 1 stalk raw
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 35
  • Corn (sweet, no butter/salt)
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 14
  • Cucumber
    • Serving Size: 1/2 sliced
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1
  • Eggplant, raw
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2
  • Eggplant, cooked
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Lettuce
    • Serving Size: 1 leaf
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2
  • Lima beans
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 5
  • Mushrooms
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup (raw or cooked)
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1-2
  • Mustard greens
    • Serving Size: 1/2 chopped
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 12
  • Onions, chopped
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup (raw or cooked)
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2-3
  • Peas
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Potato
    • Serving Size: 1 baked
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 7
  • Radishes
    • Serving Size: 10
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 11
  • Spinach, raw
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 22
  • Spinach, cooked
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 63
  • Squash, acorn
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Sweet potato
    • Serving Size: 1 small
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 12
  • Tomato
    • Serving Size: 1 small
    • Milligrams/Sodium:11
  • Tomato juice, canned
    • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 660

Fruits and Fruit Juices

  • Apple
    • Serving Size: 1 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1
  • Apple juice
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 7
  • Apricots
    • Serving Size: 3 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1
  • Apricots (dried)
    • Serving Size: 10 halves
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 3
  • Banana
    • Serving Size: 1 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1
  • Cantaloupe
    • Serving Size: 1/2 cup chopped
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 14
  • Dates
    • Serving Size: 10 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2
  • Grapes
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2
  • Grape juice
    • Serving Size: 1cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 7
  • Grapefruit
    • Serving Size: 1 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 0
  • Grapefruit juice
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 3
  • Orange
    • Serving Size: 1 medium
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 1
  • Orange juice
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2
  • Peach
    • Serving Size: 1
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 0
  • Prunes (dried)
    • Serving Size: 10
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 3
  • Raisins
    • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 6
  • Strawberries
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 2
  • Watermelon
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 3

Breads and Grains

  • Bran flakes
    • Serving Size: 3/4 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 220
  • Bread, whole wheat
    • Serving Size: 1 slice
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 159
  • Bread, white
    • Serving Size: 1 slice
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 123
  • Bun, hamburger
    • Serving Size: 1
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 241
  • Cooked cereal (instant)
    • Serving Size: 1 packet
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 250
  • Corn flakes
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 290
  • English muffin
    • Serving Size :1/2
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 182
  • Pancake
    • Serving Size: 1 (7-inch round)
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 431
  • Rice, white long grain
    • Serving Size: 1 cup cooked
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 4
  • Shredded wheat
    • Serving Size: 1 biscuit
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 0
  • Spaghetti
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 7
  • Waffle
    • Serving Size: 1 frozen
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 235

Convenience Foods

  • Canned soups
    • Serving Size: 1 cup
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 600-1,300
  • Canned and frozen main dishes
    • Serving Size: 8 oz
    • Milligrams/Sodium: 500-2,570

Please note: These are sodium content ranges—the sodium content in certain food items may vary. Please contact your dietitian for specific product information.

Source: Sodium analysis was done using ESHA Food Processor for Windows, Version 8.4, 2004.

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Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/01/2019.

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