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).

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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