Food comparisons

Regular versus 2-gram (2,000 mg) sodium

Regular diet 2-gram (2,000 mg) sodium diet

Breakfast

  • 8 ounces orange juice (0 mg)
  • 1 cup raisin bran (310 mg)
  • ¾ cup 1% milk (95 mg)
  • 1 slice white bread toast (140 mg)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (150 mg)
  • 1 tablespoon grape jelly (0 mg)
  • 1 cup coffee (0 mg)

    Total sodium: 695 mg
  • 8 ounces orange juice (0 mg)
  • 1 cup mini wheat biscuits (5 mg)
  • ¾ cup 1% milk (95 mg)
  • 1 slice whole wheat bread toast (100 mg)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium peanut butter (100 mg)
  • 1 tablespoon grape jelly (0 mg)
  • 1 cup coffee (0 mg)

    Total sodium: 200 mg

Lunch

  • ½ cup carrot and celery sticks (50 mg)
  • turkey sandwich:
    • 2 slices white bread (280 mg)
    • 2 ounces sliced turkey (500 mg)
    • 1 slice American cheese (415 mg)
    • 2 tablespoons regular mayonnaise (160 mg)
    • lettuce and tomato slices (0 mg)
  • 1 ounce pretzels (390 mg)
  • 2 fudge cookies (140 mg)
  • 1 can diet soda (40 mg)

    Total sodium: 1,975 mg
  • ½ cup carrot and celery sticks (50 mg)
  • turkey sandwich
    • 2 slices whole wheat bread (200 mg)
    • 2 ounces low-sodium sliced turkey (385 mg)
    • 1 slice Swiss cheese (70 mg)
    • 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise (120 mg)
    • Lettuce and tomato slices (0 mg)
  • ½ cup applesauce (0 mg)
  • 2 gingersnaps (95 mg)
  • 10 ounces iced tea with lemon and sugar (0 mg)

    Total sodium: 920 mg

Supper

  • 1 serving meatloaf (made with 1 packet of meatloaf seasoning) (400 mg)
  • 4 tablespoons regular ketchup (620 mg)
  • 1 medium baked potato (10 mg)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (30 mg)
  • 1 cup salad with 2 tablespoons Greek vinaigrette (180 mg)
  • ½ cup canned vegetables (225 mg)
  • 1 white dinner roll (190 mg)
  • 1 teaspoon butter (35 mg)
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream (90 mg)

    Total sodium: 1,780 mg
  • 1 serving homemade meatloaf (120 mg)
  • 4 tablespoons low-sodium ketchup (20 mg)
  • 1 medium baked potato (10 mg)
  • 2 tablespoons light sour cream (25 mg)
  • 1 cup salad with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 2 teaspoons vinegar (10 mg)
  • ¾ cup frozen vegetables (25 mg)
  • 1 wheat dinner roll (150 mg)
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter (0 mg)
  • 1 cup sherbet (70 mg)

    Total sodium: 430 mg

Snacks

 

  • 1 apple (0 mg)
  • 1 ounce trail mix no salt added (35 mg)
  • 3 cups unsalted popcorn (35 mg)
  • 1 ounce sharp cheddar cheese (180 mg)
  • 6 low-sodium snack crackers (80 mg)

    Total sodium: 330 mg

Daily total for regular diet: 4,450 mg

Daily total for 2-gram sodium diet: 1,880 mg

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/10/2015