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Eating out on a low-sodium diet

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Eating out on a low-sodium diet

Michael | Dec 6, 2000 09:49 AM

Fellow chowhounds:

I am afflicted with a genetic tendency for high blood pressure (currently under medication) and am also somewhat overweight. Aside from a need to exercise more, eat smaller portions, and ingest fewer calories, several specific dietary adjustments have been recommended by my nutritionist. Most prominent among them is to reduce my sodium intake to no more than 2000 mg per day (approximately the amount of sodium in one teaspoon of table salt). I have begun requesting that restaurants reduce the salt in dishes I order, but with limited success. It seems to me that part of the problem is simple inertia and the other part is a prevalence of previously-cooked sauces that already have salt in them. It is my nutritionist's opinion (well-founded, I think) that my intake of sodium when eating out is more difficult to decrease because of my liking for Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Turkish, and other cuisines that generally use significant amounts of salt or/and high-salt sauces such as soy and fish sauce.

So, short of the obvious solution of cooking more for myself (my nutritionist's preference, but not so easy for me because I am on the go a lot and also have problems of time and working space in my small apartment), what can you suggest for me? I do want to reduce my sodium intake, but I do not want to reduce my enjoyment of the food I eat, and still want to be able to eat out.

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