Diabetes and Salt
Restaurants, Salt, and Diabetes
These tips will help you limit salt while eating out at restaurants:
- Select fresh fruit or vegetables.
- Avoid soups and broths.
- Stay away from bread and rolls with salty, buttery crusts.
- Select fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid pickles, canned or marinated vegetables, cured meats, seasoned croutons, cheeses, salted seeds.
- Order salad dressings on the side, and use small amounts of them.
- Choose plain foods including broiled, grilled, or roasted meat, poultry, fish, or shellfish.
- Select plain vegetables, potatoes, and noodles.
- Ask the server about the low-sodium menu choices, and ask how the food is prepared.
- Request that food be cooked without salt or monosodium glutamate (MSG).
- Avoid restaurants that do not allow for special food preparation (such as buffet-style restaurants or diners).
- Avoid casseroles, mixed dishes, gravies, and sauces.
- At fast-food restaurants, skip the special sauces, condiments, and cheese.
- Avoid salted condiments and garnishes such as olives and pickles.
- Select fresh fruits, ices, sherbet, gelatin, and plain cakes.