Calculated Salt Intake

Below are the estimated amounts of salt in the diet from processed foods with no added salt in someone pursuing a health conscious diet or a non health conscious diet. You will see that someone who thinks they are eating healthily is consuming around 12.5 grams of salt a day, and someone less health conscious consumes an average of 18.5 grams of salt in a day. The recommended intake in the UK is 6 grams a day.


Healthy Diet

 Amount in GramsKcalsSodium(mgs)
Breakfast
Orange juice160g5816
Bran Cereal50g138500
Mid Morning
Wholemeal biscuits28g128200
Low fat spread7g2746
Lunch
Chicken cup soup295g891000
Chicken and sweetcorn sandwichPack (473g)4391190
AppleOne (120g)403
Evening Meal
Healthy lasagnePortion304800
Green saladPortion (200g)2712
Salad dressing15ml97140
BaguetteHalf218600
Rice Pudding1 pot128200
    
TOTAL 20064897 mg

THIS AMOUNTS TO 12.5 GRAMS OF SALT A DAY

 

Non Healthy Diet

 Amount in GramsKcalsSodium(mgs)
Breakfast
Rice Crunchies30g113400
Mid Morning
Salt and Vinegar Crisps1 packet195800
Lunch
Cream of mushroom soup1 cup1151000
Smoked ham, cheese and pickle sandwichPack (473g)4711540
Evening Meal
Luxury lasagnePortion4321900
Baked BeansPortion (210g)1491100
BaguetteHalf218600
Wine250g17525
Daily milk allowanceHalf pint138165
    
TOTAL 20067530 mg
THIS AMOUNTS TO 18.5 GRAMS OF SALT A DAY