Indian Food on a Low-Sodium Diet

A low-sodium diet is important for many people. Far too many of us get well over our recommended intake of sodium every day, which leads to an increased blood pressure and a heightened risk of heart attack, stroke, and similar problems. The problem is that sodium is very difficult to avoid, particularly when it comes to preserved foods and restaurant fare. So, is it possible to enjoy quality Indian cuisine while simultaneously limiting your sodium intake?

Indeed, there are ways to cut down on the sodium in your Indian food. Indian food is nothing if not heavy in strong flavoring agents, making it easy to achieve a great taste without the use of salt. Table salt is the biggest source of sodium for most people, and cutting it out of your diet is an important part of a low-sodium diet. However, some dishes are going to be more salt-heavy than others. If you are on a low-sodium diet, skip anything fried and look for baked dishes. Favor tandoor-based dishes over soups and creamy curries.

Further, look for potassium-rich foods; since potassium is instrumental in removing sodium from your body, it is the best friend of anyone on a low-sodium diet. Common options in Indian food include potatoes, green vegetables, yogurt, halibut, and other fatty fish. Red meat and poultry also represents a moderate serving of potassium.

If you are concerned about the sodium in your meal, or if you have any other dietary restrictions while dining at MokSHA in Bellevue, please talk to your server.