Eating Out and Watching Sodium Intake

When eating out, it is important to watch your sodium intake, especially if you are living with chronic kidney disease.

The high amounts of sodium that are used in some restaurants can be detrimental to your health.

Ask if the restaurant uses MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG is a common  ingredient in some restaurants, especially fast food and Chinese food  restaurants.

Call ahead to restaurants and ask if they have low sodium options, or if  the cook is willing to make special orders to accommodate a low sodium diet.

A lot of Italian restaurants and Chinese restaurants have mostly high sodium options due to the sauces they use.

Locally owned places are usually better able to accommodate special  requests. When ordering salads or other dishes it’s important to request  that dressings and sauces be left “on the side”.

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