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Combining low-sodium & diabetic diets
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What advice can you offer about combining low-sodium and diabetic diets in order to occasionally use convenience products? We were successful with the low-sodium diet until we had to add a diabetic d
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Combining low-sodium & diabetic diets

posted at 8/17/2011 11:42 AM CDT
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What advice can you offer about combining low-sodium and diabetic diets in order to occasionally use convenience products? We were successful with the low-sodium diet until we had to add a diabetic diet where we count carbs. That gets a little complicated. Many low-carb diets and special dietary products are high in sodium. Example: compared two pancake syrups for occasional use -- the low-sugar was much higher in sodium than the regular syrup which was of course lower in carbs but reasonable sodium. Most pre-packaged entrees are high in sodium even tho many are OK in carbs. We mostly cook from scratch using lots of frozen or fresh foods, but we need an occasional quick entree.

Re: Combining low-sodium & diabetic diets

posted at 8/17/2011 3:03 PM CDT
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First: 7/13/2011
Last: 5/2/2014
In Response to Combining low-sodium & diabetic diets:
What advice can you offer about combining low-sodium and diabetic diets in order to occasionally use convenience products? We were successful with the low-sodium diet until we had to add a diabetic diet where we count carbs. That gets a little complicated. Many low-carb diets and special dietary products are high in sodium. Example: compared two pancake syrups for occasional use -- the low-sugar was much higher in sodium than the regular syrup which was of course lower in carbs but reasonable sodium. Most pre-packaged entrees are high in sodium even tho many are OK in carbs. We mostly cook from scratch using lots of frozen or fresh foods, but we need an occasional quick entree.
Posted by whitaker2



You are correct, many convenience foods are often very high in sodium. The good news is that you can still enjoy many of these foods as long as you do so in moderation. If you choose to have a convenience food that is high in sodium at one meal, just be sure to cut back your sodium intake for the rest of the day and choose fresh foods that don’t have a lot of sodium for you other meals and snacks. Something else you can do is to cook homemade meals in bulk and pre-portion them into individual serving containers and freeze them to use as your convenience foods throughout the week. It sounds like you are doing a great job with your diet and reading food labels, keep up the good work!

Re: Combining low-sodium & diabetic diets

posted at 8/28/2013 3:25 AM CDT
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First: 7/25/2013
Last: 9/15/2013

Hi,

If you have diabetes, these tips can help you lower the amount of salt in your diet.

·         Use fresh ingredients and/or foods with no salt added.

·         For favorite recipes, you may need to use other ingredients and delete or decrease the salt you would normally add. Salt can be removed from any recipe except from those containing yeast.

·         Try orange or pineapple juice as a base for meat marinades.

·         Avoid convenience foods such as canned soups, entrees, and vegetables; pasta and rice mixes; frozen dinners; instant cereal; and pudding, gravy, and sauce mixes.

·         Select frozen entrées that contain 600 milligrams or less of sodium. However, limit yourself to one of these frozen entreés per day. Check the nutrition facts label on the package for sodium content.

·         Use fresh, frozen, no-added-salt canned vegetables, or canned vegetables that have been rinsed before they are prepared.

·         Low-sodium canned soups may be used.

·         Avoid mixed seasonings and spice blends that include salt, such as garlic salt.

After about 2 weeks, your body will adjust and you will not miss the added salt in your diet. So be persistent and patient, it can happen.

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