What Should I look for When Grocery Shopping?
The above listed foods make good choices. Each shopping trip, read the food labels to identify the amount of sodium per serving.
- <140 mg sodium = low sodium food
- < 35 mg sodium = very low sodium food
- < 5 mg sodium = sodium free
- Reduced sodium = 25% less than original
Emphasize on Serving Size (portion) and Serving per Container. Be realistic to your portion amount you will consume. Then focus on the sodium amount per serving and allot for your daily reduced sodium intake.
Please note the FDA Nutrition Facts are for the generalized population without heart failure. Therefore focusing on portion size and sodium content will be most beneficial to help manage CHF symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about what other nutrients to limit to focus on better health.
FDA will soon change the food label to reflect scientific facts linking chronic diseases like obesity and cardiovascular conditions.
"Reduced sodium" on food products do not necessarily mean low in sodium for a reduced sodium diets, especially for CHF patients. Food manufactures can note a "reduced sodium" item for 25% less sodium compared to their original product. It can still be a higher sodium food item not up to the standards of a low sodium diet.