Where is my salt coming from?

Sources of salt

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Salt is made up of sodium and chloride – it’s the sodium that can be bad for your health.

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There’s salt in almost everything we eat and over the years we’ve developed a tendency to add extra salt as well.

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But most of it isn’t being added at the stove or table – it’s hidden in the every day processed food we buy. And, a lot of the time you can’t even taste it!

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Processed foods are not just snacks like salty crisps and savoury biscuits. It’s any food that has been altered in some way (frozen, dried, tinned, packaged) for preservation, safety or for convenience. It’s in a good deal of the items found on supermarket shelves.

*All sodium figures have been sourced from nutritional databases FoodWorks and Australia and New Zealand Food Standards’ NUTTAB.