Your guide to salt intake

Updated: Jul 9

Adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium) – that's around 1 teaspoon. The maximum amount of salt children should have depends on their age: 1 to 3 years – 2g salt a day (0.8g sodium) 4 to 6 years – 3g salt a day (1.2g sodium)


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The photo above is what an adult daily requirement looks like (6g!)


In 2018/19, the average estimated salt intake for adults aged 19 to 64 years was 8.4 g/day (40% higher than the government recommended maximum of 6 g/day); 9.2 g/day for men and 7.6 g/day for women.


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Remember to check salt on labels


Look out for the salt content in the everyday foods you buy, and choose lower-salt options. Nutrition labels on food packaging now make this a lot easier.


Most pre-packed foods have a nutrition label on the back or side of the packaging.

Many foods also display information about the salt content on the front of the packaging.


This may show the salt content as a percentage of your reference intake (RI), or have colour-coded nutrition information to show whether the salt content is:

  • green (low)

  • amber (medium)

  • red (high)

Try to eat high-salt foods only occasionally, or in small amounts, and aim to mainly eat foods that are green or amber.


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