What is the difference between salt and sodium?

Salt is also known as sodium chloride – 1g of sodium is equivalent to about 2.5g of salt. It’s the sodium in salt that can lead to health problems.

Adults should have no more than 6g of salt a day, which is about 2.4g of sodium. And children should have even less.

On average, people are actually having about 9g of salt a day. This means we are eating about 50% more salt than we should.

It’s a good idea for everyone to try to cut down on the salt they are eating. To work out if a food is high in salt, check the label.

High is more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium)
Low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g (or 0.1g sodium)

If the amount of salt per 100g is in between these figures, then that is a medium level of salt.

Remember that the amount you eat of a particular food affects how much salt you will get from it.

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