Lower-Sodium Fast-Food Options

Lower-sodium fast-food options

Your body needs sodium to work properly—to regulate your blood pressure, for instance, and to help muscles and nerves function. But you do not need as much as you might think.

The American Heart Association recommends that Americans consume less than 1,500 mg/day sodium. People who lose large amounts of sodium in sweat, such as competitive athletes and workers exposed to extreme heat stress, or people with medical issues such as heart disease should consult with their health care provider for appropriate individual levels.

Keeping sodium in balance

Fast food is notorious for being high in salt. You can find meals that fit your needs, though. Consider your lower-sodium fast-food options and your serving sizes carefully.

Smarter choices

It is possible to make better choices when you're considering healthy fast-food options. Here are examples to consider from some popular food chains:

Consider these options for lower-in-sodium fast food


Jr. Roast Beef Sandwich

Sodium 530 mg

Calories 210

Chopped Side Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Sodium 415 mg

Calories 280

Jr. Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

Sodium 670 mg

Calories 220


Side Garden Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Sodium 540 mg

Calories 240

Chicken Nuggets (4 pieces)

Sodium 360 mg

Calories 190

WHOPPER Jr.® Sandwich without mayo

Sodium 410 mg

Calories 240


Kentucky Grilled Chicken® Drumstick

Sodium 290 mg

Calories 90

Original Recipe® Chicken—Breast without skin or breading

Sodium 520 mg

Calories 130

House Side Salad with Heinz® Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Sodium 230 mg

Calories 175


Chicken McNuggets (4 pieces)

Sodium 360 mg

Calories 190

Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait (5.2 ounces)

Sodium 70 mg

Calories 150

Premium Southwest Salad (without chicken)

Sodium 150 mg

Calories 140

Pizza Hut

Traditional Wings—All American (2 wings)

Sodium 290 mg

Calories 80

12-inch Roasted Veggie Garlic Parmesan Crust Pizza (1 slice)

Sodium 300 mg

Calories 200

12-inch Hand Tossed Ultimate Cheese Lover's™ Pizza (1 slice)

Sodium 440 mg

Calories 230


Kids Meal—Roast Beef Sandwich (on 9-grain wheat bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and cucumbers)

Sodium 390 mg

Calories 200

Veggie Delite® Salad with oil & vinegar dressing (no croutons)

Sodium 80 mg

Calories 240

6-inch Veggie Delite® Sandwich (on 9-grain wheat bread, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and cucumbers)

Sodium 280 mg

Calories 230

Taco Bell

Fresco Crunchy Taco

Sodium 310 mg

Calories 150

Crunchy Taco Supreme

Sodium 340 mg

Calories 200

Side of black beans

Sodium 200 mg

Calories 80


Sour Cream & Chive Baked Potato

Sodium 50 mg

Calories 320

Garden Side Salad with Light Honey French Dressing

Sodium 115 mg

Calories 60

Chicken Nuggets (4 pieces)

Sodium 350 mg

Calories 180

The nutrition information is from the respective restaurant Web sites. Please refer to their nutrition guides for more information. Accessed July 21, 2014.

Above all, steer clear of those extra salt packets and other high-sodium condiments at the table.

Always be sure to talk with your health care provider before making any changes to your diet.

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