General Nutrition Guidelines (orig)

Low Sodium Diet for Infants, Toddlers, and Children General Guidelines Many people with NDI follow a 300-500 mg sodium per day diet. (Compare this to the 2000 mg sodium per day guideline that is recommended for most Americans.) A diet pattern with 500 mg sodium per day should include foods from all food groups. Select foods low in sodium by following some general guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid: FATS AND SWEETS: ? Use unsalted butter or margerine. ? Eat sweets not made with salt. food1.gif - 1626 Bytes MEAT: ? Do not use processed meat. ? Do not add salt during preparation. food2.gif - 2833 Bytes MILK AND DAIRY: ? Limit milk intake. ? Use unsalted cheese. VEGETABLES: ? Use fresh vegetables. ? Check the label of frozen and canned vegetables. food3.gif - 3830 Bytes FRUITS: ? Eat plenty of fresh, frozen, or canned fruits. food4.gif - 5015 Bytes BREADS & CEREALS: ? Use unsalted products. ? Use low sodium baking powder. * Softened water (water treated in a softener) can contain large amounts of sodium. Don't use softened water for ice cubes or for food preparation. * Kosher meats and poultry are soaked in salt water. Look for low sodium Kosher products. A QUICK "RULE OF THUMB"... Use the values below to make a quick estimate of sodium intake. (These are values for foods that are prepared without salt and/or are reduced or low sodium products.)
Milk/Dairy Products80 mg sodium per cup
Breads and Cereals80 mg sodium per 1/2 cup
Meat (plain)25 mg sodium per ounce
Vegetables15 mg sodium per 1/2 cup
Fruitstrace amounts of sodium