43. Pickles, olives, and relish are not healthy for kidneys.
When your kidneys are not healthy, extra sodium and fluid build up in your body. That can cause swollen ankles, puffiness, a rise in blood pressure, shortness of breath, and fluid around your heart and lungs. Pickles, processed olives, and relish are all examples of cured or pickled foods. Usually, large amounts of salt are added during the curing or pickling process. For instance, one pickle spear can contain more than 300 mg of sodium. Likewise, there is 244 mg of sodium in 2 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish. Processed olives also tend to be salty, as they’re cured and fermented to taste less bitter. Five green pickled olives provide about 195 mg of sodium, which is a significant portion of the daily amount in only a small serving.
Many grocery stores stock reduced-sodium varieties of pickles, olives, and relish, containing less sodium than the traditional varieties. However, even reduced-sodium options can still be high in sodium, so you will always want to watch your portions. Most Americans have too much sodium in their diet. A healthy diet should include no more than 2300mg of sodium per day. There are many herbs and spices that you can use to add flavor to your food instead of salt. Also, certain foods have more sodium than others. See the following table for some suggestions on how to reduce sodium in your diet. Like Fresh garlic, fresh onion, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, lemon juice, low-sodium/salt-free seasoning blends, and vinegar.