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Diabetes and Salt

Seasonings to Replace Salt continued...

Homemade herb and spice blends can help you cut down on your salt use. Below are some mixtures to use for meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, soups, and salads.

Spicy Blend

2 tablespoons dried savory, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon curry powder

Saltless Surprise

2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon powdered lemon rind or dehydrated lemon juice

Herb Seasoning

2 tablespoons dried dill weed or basil leaves, crumbled
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crumbled
A pinch of freshly ground pepper

Spicy Seasoning

1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon coriander seed (crushed)
1 tablespoon rosemary

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.

Main courses

  • 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 fries, special sauces, condiments, and cheese.
  • Avoid salted condiments and garnishes such as olives and pickles.


  • Select fresh fruits, ices, sherbet, gelatin, and plain cakes.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 12, 2014
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