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Reading food labels
All fresh, dried, or frozen fruit. Canned fruit in natural juice (without added sugar).
Fresh or frozen vegetables (raw, steamed, roasted, or grilled). Low-sodium or reduced-sodium tomato and vegetable juice. Low-sodium or reduced-sodium tomato sauce and tomato paste. Low-sodium or reduced-sodium canned vegetables.
Whole-grain or whole-wheat bread. Whole-grain or whole-wheat pasta. Brown rice. Oatmeal. Quinoa. Bulgur. Whole-grain and low-sodium cereals. Pita bread. Low-fat, low-sodium crackers. Whole-wheat flour tortillas.
Meats and other proteins
Skinless chicken or turkey. Ground chicken or turkey. Pork with fat trimmed off. Fish and seafood. Egg whites. Dried beans, peas, or lentils. Unsalted nuts, nut butters, and seeds. Unsalted canned beans. Lean cuts of beef with fat trimmed off. Low-sodium, lean precooked or cured meat, such as sausages or meat loaves.
Low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk. Reduced-fat, low-fat, or fat-free cheeses. Nonfat, low-sodium ricotta or cottage cheese. Low-fat or nonfat yogurt. Low-fat, low-sodium cheese.
Fats and oils
Soft margarine without trans fats. Vegetable oil. Reduced-fat, low-fat, or light mayonnaise and salad dressings (reduced-sodium). Canola, safflower, olive, avocado, soybean, and sunflower oils. Avocado.
Seasonings and condiments
Herbs. Spices. Seasoning mixes without salt.
Unsalted popcorn and pretzels. Fat-free sweets.
The items listed above may not be a complete list of foods and beverages you can eat. Contact a dietitian for more information.
Canned fruit in a light or heavy syrup. Fried fruit. Fruit in cream or butter sauce.
Creamed or fried vegetables. Vegetables in a cheese sauce. Regular canned vegetables (not low-sodium or reduced-sodium). Regular canned tomato sauce and paste (not low-sodium or reduced-sodium). Regular tomato and vegetable juice (not low-sodium or reduced-sodium). Pickles. Olives.
Baked goods made with fat, such as croissants, muffins, or some breads. Dry pasta or rice meal packs.
Fatty cuts of meat. Ribs. Fried meat. Bacon. Bologna, salami, and other precooked or cured meats, such as sausages or meat loaves. Fat from the back of a pig (fatback). Bratwurst. Salted nuts and seeds. Canned beans with added salt. Canned or smoked fish. Whole eggs or egg yolks. Chicken or turkey with skin.
Whole or 2% milk, cream, and half-and-half. Whole or full-fat cream cheese. Whole-fat or sweetened yogurt. Full-fat cheese. Nondairy creamers. Whipped toppings. Processed cheese and cheese spreads.
Butter. Stick margarine. Lard. Shortening. Ghee. Bacon fat. Tropical oils, such as coconut, palm kernel, or palm oil.
Onion salt, garlic salt, seasoned salt, table salt, and sea salt. Worcestershire sauce. Tartar sauce. Barbecue sauce. Teriyaki sauce. Soy sauce, including reduced-sodium. Steak sauce. Canned and packaged gravies. Fish sauce. Oyster sauce. Cocktail sauce. Store-bought horseradish. Ketchup. Mustard. Meat flavorings and tenderizers. Bouillon cubes. Hot sauces. Pre-made or packaged marinades. Pre-made or packaged taco seasonings. Relishes. Regular salad dressings.
Salted popcorn and pretzels.
The items listed above may not be a complete list of foods and beverages you should avoid. Contact a dietitian for more information.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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