What you need to know about salt

How much salt do we eat?

Most people in the UK eat too much salt without even realising it. You could be eating too much because about 75% of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy; only a small amount is added to our food at home. CASH want to help you choose how much salt manufacturers put in your food eaten either at home or away from the home.

How much salt should we eat?

Adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day, and children even less. Reducing the UK’s average daily salt intake for adults to 6g could prevent about 17,500 deaths from heart attacks and strokes a year. Click here for further information about salt and children.

Recommended maximum salt intakes Source: SACN 2003
AgeMaximum Salt Intake
0-6 months<1g / day
6-12 months1g / day
1-3 years2g / day
4-6 years3g / day
7-10 years5g / day
11 years and above6g / day

How can we eat less salt?

CASH undertake surveys of the foods sold on the high street, in supermarkets and even in local restaurants to find out which products are still being sold with lots of salt, and which sell customers products that are low in salt.

Click on the links on the left to find out which foods contain salt, and how to cut it out.  We also have a range of tasty recipes that are low in salt for you to try.  We would like you to get involved in our campaign, click less salt please to find out more