Diet and Nutrition

A Patient's Guide to diet and Heart Surgery - Diet and Nutrition


Foods High in Sodium (Na+) Content

  • Breads & Cereals
  • Bread and rolls with salt toppings, corn chips, popcorn,potato chips, salted pretzels, salted popcorn, and other salted snack foods.
  • Fats
  • Bacon fat, salt pork, olives, salted nuts, party spreads and dips.
  • Soups (packaged soups)
  • Canned broth soups, commercially prepared stews, bouillon cubes, and instant or dried soups.
  • Other
  • Be careful of monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in Chinese food. When you order Chinese food, you can request that it be prepared without MSG.
  • Biscuits (salty) and baked goods like cakes, pastries, bagels and Doughnuts etc.
  • Pickles, papads, Chutneys and ketchups
  • Samosa, kachori, pakoras, patties.
  • Cold cuts Non veg like Salami, chicken pop corns, chicken breast.
  • Burgers, pancakes, sandwiches
  • Soyasauce
  • Bread spreads like Mayonnaise, butter, processed cheese
  • Hot chocolate
  • Meat and Other Protein Foods
  • Ham,  bacon, meats, frankfurters, sausages, , pepperoni, dried beef,  corned beef, canned meats, , canned fish, sardines, herring,  anchovies, smoked salmon, cheese, regular peanut butter, and frozen  dinners.
  • Vegetables
  • Sauerkraut or other vegetables prepared in brine, olives, pickles, relish, vegetables packed with sauces or seasonings, salted mixed vegetable juice , regular tomato juice, regular spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce or tomato paste, frozen peas, and lima beans.

Patients on anticoagulation (Coumadin) need to be careful

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