Low-Salt Diet for Meniere's Patients

Cutting back on salt may reduce symptoms

If you have  Meniere’s Disease, your physician may recommend a diet low in salt (sodium). A diet with less than 2 grams (2,000 mg) of salt daily is best.

Tips for Reducing Salt Intake:

  • When you're cooking, don’t add salt. Try salt-free herb mixes, spices and salt substitutes.
  • Remove the salt shaker from the table.
  • Read labels before buying packaged foods.
  • Look for low-sodium versions of frozen and canned goods, cheese, soup, crackers, bread, salad dressing and chips.
  • Avoid frozen meals with more than 400 milligrams of sodium per serving.
  • Eat fresh foods.
  • When you eat out, request your food to be cooked without salt.
  • Avoid fast food.

Foods to Watch Out For:

Check labels carefully as these foods can have high sodium content:

  • Beverages
    • Buttermilk
  • Bread
    • Biscuits
    • Doughnuts
    • English Muffins
    • Pancake and Waffle Mixes
    • Salted Crackers
  • Cereals
    • Breakfast Cereals
    • Instant Cooked Cereals
  • Cheese
    • All except those labeled low-sodium, including cottage cheese
  • Condiments
    • Dips
    • Ketchup
    • Mayonnaise
    • Mustard
    • Relish
    • Salad Dressing
    • Soy Sauce
  • Desserts
    • Any made with salt, baking powder, baking soda or cake mixes
    • Chocolate Pudding
  • Fat
    • Bacon Fat
    • Margarine
    • Salted Butter
  • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Tomato Juice
    • Sauerkraut
  • Meat, Fish and Poultry
    • Bacon
    • Ham
    • Lunch Meat