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MY SON HAS CIRROSIS OF THE LIVER.I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SHOP AND COOK WITH NO SODIUM, SUGAR,POTASSIUM, ETC. I NEED HELP.DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO FIX DIFFERENT MEALS FOR SUCH A SERIOUS ILLNESS? SINCERELY, BONNIE

Cirrhosis of the liver is often treated with a low sodium (salt) diet. Many processed foods are high in sodium, so it is best to prepare meals yourself, without adding salt. · do not use salt at the table · Reduce the salt used in food preparation. Try 1/2 teaspoon when recipes call for 1 teaspoon. Many cakes and desserts can be prepared without adding salt. · Use herbs and spices for flavoring meats and vegetables instead of salt. · Avoid salty foods such as processed meat and fish, pickles, soy sauce, salted nuts, chips and other snack foods. · Check the "Nutrition Facts" label before you buy or use a product. Note sodium and portion size information. Try to select foods with less than 5% of the daily value for sodium. Most fruits and vegetables are low in sodium, so can safely be eaten by your son. Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are good choices. Check the label for sodium in canned foods. If your son is also on a low potassium diet, he would need to avoid some fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium. These include potatoes, bananas, prunes, oranges, tomatoes, raisins and spinach. Other fruits and vegetables which are high in potassium can be found here. It may be best to find a dietitian who is experienced in treating liver disease. You can find a find a local dietitian here.

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