Salt shockers: Hidden salt in everyday foods

Despite the clear recommended daily allowance of 6g for an adult, as a nation, we're eating more salt than ever - and more often than not, we don't even realise how much salt in our food in the first place.

Salt shockers: Hidden salt in everyday foods

The NHS recommends that adults eat no more than 6g of salt per day, and the figure is even less for under 11s.

According to the official guidelines, children aged 1 to 3 years should consume no more than 2g salt a day, those aged 4 to 6 years no more than 3g, and 7-to-10 year olds no more than 5g.

However, despite these clear recommended daily allowances, as a nation, we’re eating more salt than ever – and more often than not, we don’t even realise how much salt is in our food in the first place.

Some foods we know are going to give us a pretty big salt hit – a bag of ready salted crisps, for instance, or a piping hot bundle of chip shop chips. Even our weekend treat fry-up is usually served with a generous hit of crispy, salty bacon – and that’s why we have it as a treat.

However, what many of us don’t realise is that there’s also plenty of hidden salt lurking in your everyday storecupboard staples too, and from ready meals to condiments, the levels are higher than you might expect. There’s also a surprising amount of salt in your box of breakfast cereal, even the ones that you might think are good for you!

In fact – this storecupboard staple is hiding a whopping 5.8g of salt per serving – that’s as much as 12 packets of crisps!

Research from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has revealed some of the worst offenders when it comes to salt content, including a tinned soup which, per can, contains more salt than a McDonalds’ Big Mac and large fries (yeah, we were pretty gobsmacked by that one too).

Here are some of the common household products you’ve probably got in your kitchen, and how much salt they really contain per serving…

Do you and your family watch your salt levels, or do you need to take more notice of the guidelines? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.