Key Facts: Salt

Eating too much salt can cause high blood pressure. Adults in the UK eat too much salt. A safe amount of salt is 6 grams per day which is about a teaspoonful. At the moment, adults eat about 8 grams per day, which is almost double what they should eat.

How much salt is safe for children?

  • Aged 4-6 years old, about half a teaspoon per day (3 grams),
  • Aged 7-10 years old, a bit less than a teaspoon per day (5 grams),
  • Aged 11+, about a teaspoon  per day (6 grams).

Check out this great video about salt from the NHS here

Foods that are often high in salt

Try to eat smaller amounts of these or have them less often:

  • Anchovies;
  • Bacon and salami;
  • Cheese;
  • Gravy granules;
  • Ham;
  • Olives;
  • Pickles;
  • Salted and dry roasted nuts;
  • Salt fish;
  • Smoked meat and fish;
  • Soy sauce;
  • Stock cubes.

 

Foods where some brands / recipes are high in salt

Compare the labels on similar food and choose ones lower in salt:

  • Bread products such as crumpets, bagels and ciabatta;
  • Pasta sauces;
  • Crisps;
  • Pizza;
  • Ready meals;
  • Canned or carton soup;
  • Sandwiches;
  • Sausages;
  • Tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and other sauces.
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