Many people aren’t aware of how much salt they should be having in their diets.
A small amount of salt (about 1g) is important for good health to maintain the volume of blood and
fluid in the body, and this amount can be easily obtained by eating a healthy balanced diet.
However, most Australians are consuming eight to nine times this amount.
Maximum daily limits
How to read a label
The nutrition information panels and ingredients lists (click for example) are a good way to find out how much salt is in a product. Salt is listed as ‘sodium’. Use the ‘per 100g’ column on the nutrition information panel to compare the sodium content of different brands of products and to work out what are the best options when it comes to salt.
It can be time-consuming to check the labels, but if you know what products are likely to be high in salt, you can focus your attention on these. See our Top 10 Salt Shockers.
Salt Ready Reckoner
Adults and children