Other Dietary Restrictions

Sugar

Because of high blood sugars, diabetes, or high triglycerides, your doctor may have recommended that you reduce the sugar in your diet. In addition to limiting sugar, you should also eliminate alcoholic beverages like wine, beer, etc.

There are many sugar-free or “no sugar added” desserts on the market and many of these are also low fat. Baked goods like cookies and cakes, however, are rarely sugar-free and low fat.

Salt or Sodium

Your doctor may have recommended that you follow a low sodium diet. The following list can help you make lower sodium choices at the grocery store. Most low sodium diets are 2,000 milligrams (mg) or less per day.

FOOD

SODIUM LIMIT PER SERVING

Meat/Fish/Poultry (processed)
Frozen Dinners
Dairy
Bread/Cereals/Crackers/Snacks/Cookies
Soup
Pasta Sauce

150 mg
600 mg
200 mg
150 mg
400 mg
400 mg

Fresh, unprocessed foods generally contain less sodium and fat.


Food Groups

Meat/Fish/Poultry/Eggs

Dairy Products

Fats/Oils

Fruits/Vegetables

Starches

Special Desserts/Baked Goods

Other Dietary Restrictions

Summary of Limits