Does sodium affect the number on my blood glucose test?
No, the sodium in your meals will not affect your blood glucose level after eating. The main component in food that affects blood glucose is carbohydrate. You can monitor your carbohydrate intake by using the Plate Method or carbohydrate counting to help control your blood glucose levels.
This doesn’t mean that you should forget about sodium. People with diabetes also have an increased risk for high blood pressure and too much sodium in your diet can cause your blood pressure to rise. It is recommended that people with diabetes have no more than 1500 mg of sodium per day.
Limiting sodium to 1500 mg per day can be very difficult – this is less than a teaspoon of salt a day! Sodium doesn’t just come from the salt we add at the table. Most foods have at least a little bit of sodium in them naturally.
A lot of the sodium in American diets comes from processed foods and the foods we eat in restaurants. In fact, when you go out to eat, it is easy to get 1500 mg of sodium from just one restaurant meal.
Below is a list of foods that are usually high in sodium that you may want to limit:
• Frozen meals
• Canned goods
• Baking powder and baking soda
• Processed meats and cold cuts
• Prepared mixes
• Pickled foods like pickles and olives
• Many restaurant foods
To monitor your sodium intake, use the nutrition labels on packages. You can also look up nutrition information for many restaurants online before going out to eat. Try not to add salt to food when cooking or at the table. Also, opt for lower sodium versions of foods when they are available. For example, many prepackaged deli meats and soups come in lower sodium versions.
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