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Abbreviations    Measures                
t = teaspoon
T = tablespoon   
C = cup
qt = quart
oz = ounce
lb = pound
3 t = 1 T
16 T = 1 C
4 C = 1 qt
4 qt = 1 gallon
16 oz = 1 lb
8 oz = 1 C
4 oz cheese = 1 C
1 oz = 2 T
 

 
The usual restriction for "low-sodium" eating is 2000mg or less total sodium intake daily but 1500 mg is better. Sodium does not mean salt. Almost everything has some sodium in it, so food labels are now required reading.
 
Condiments are usually your biggest problem. Store-bought, already-prepared mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, pickle relish, soy sauce, and salad dressing are all very high in sodium. Keep your eyes open at the store though, because more low sodium versions are showing up all the time - even in things like ham and bacon.
 
Low sodium food really can taste great and I'm going to show you how to get started. I wrote these pages because I was so frustrated with well-meaning but useless cookbooks. Feel free to change whatever you like but keep track of the sodium when you make changes.
 
With homemade food, don't try to figure out sodium "per serving" or you'll go crazy. Total the amount of sodium in an entire recipe and then estimate how much you eat : 1/8 recipe, 1/4 recipe, 1/2 recipe, etc. Remember to check the sodium content in every single ingredient. One pickled olive has more sodium than a pound of pasta! Buy a book that lists sodium content for all common foods and use it.
 
You need to do things differently to get great flavor from your food now. That's why I prepared this list of general tips to read before heading for the recipes.

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