Diet and Nutrition

Fluid Restriction: Salty Foods to Avoid

June 1, 2018   /


Reviewed and updated by Anne Danahy, MS, RDN, LDN 


The following list shows foods that are very high in salt. Foods high in salt will make you thirsty, so it is important to avoid eating them. A low sodium diet limits sodium to no more than 1500 mg/day.


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If you are limiting your fluid intake, do not consume any of these foods:

  • Seasoning blends and mixes that contain salt
  • Adobo seasoning
  • Anchovies
  • Bacon
  • Bologna
  • Bouillon cubes
  • Canned soups
  • Capers
  • Caviar
  • Cheese Whiz®
  • Cheetos®
  • Chinese food
  • Cold cuts (unless they are “low sodium”)
  • Corn chips
  • Corned beef
  • Dill pickles
  • Fatback
  • Fish sauce
  • Fritos
  • Garlic salt
  • Ham
  • Hot dogs
  • Kosher meat
  • Lox
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Olives
  • Oyster sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pastrami
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza
  • Potato chips
  • Salami
  • Salt
  • Salt pork
  • Saltine crackers
  • Sauerkraut
  • Sausage
  • Smoked fish
  • Smoked meat
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato juice
  • V-8® 100% Vegetable Juice


Always compare the nutrition facts on the food label when choosing products at the store. Products that are low in sodium will have less than 140 mg of sodium per serving.


Reference and recommended reading

Mahan LK, Escott-Stump S, Raymond JL. Krause’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process. 13th ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2012.


Current review date: 6/1/18

Previous review date: 9/12