The majority of fruits and vegetables are considered low salt or salt-free foods! Therefore, sodium restricted diets do not restrict the intake of fruits and vegetables. They actually promote the consumption of fruits in vegetables in place of high sodium snacks! The higher salt content of fruits and vegetables that you may see on food labels is not naturally occurring, but can be added during the cooking process or preservation process or added sauces. If you are on a low sodium diet and you purchase canned fruits and vegetables remember to rinse them with water. This will decrease the sodium content by about half! Also, make it a point to learn new ways to prepare your fruits and vegetables if you routinely add salt or salted butter to them. In the mean time, check out which fruits and vegetables are considered low sodium, very low sodium, and sodium free.
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The Expert: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.Read Her Full Bio