The Simplest Diet Cleanse Ever: Foods to Lose


It’s easy enough to remove the saltshaker from the table, but with so many hidden sources of sodium (AKA salt) lurking in food products, it’s nearly impossible to cut it out completely. (We need some sodium to maintain blood pressure, keep fluid balance, and transmit nerve impulses, but most of us consume way more than necessary.) In an attempt to be realistic as possible, these are the limits on sodium we are enforcing for this meal plan. Note that these are based on the serving sizes specified on the nutrition panel, so be mindful of portions.

No more than 200 mg per serving for:

  • Bread
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Cheese
  • Condiments
  • Nuts
  • Pasta sauce
  • Prepared sides
  • Pre-seasoned grain and pasta mixes
  • Salad dressings
  • Snacks
  • Vegetable juices

No more than 300 mg per serving for: 

  • Canned soups
  • Deli turkey or chicken

No more than 600 mg per serving for:

  • Frozen entrées