We are told to cut down on salt but sodium is listed on food labels so how do we convert?
To reduce risk of high blood pressure need to limit to 6g of salt a day.
High salt >1.5g per 100g
Low salt < 0.3g per 100g
Watch out for baking powder!
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Sodium to salt
To convert sodium (mg) to salt (g), multiply the sodium figure in milligrams (mg) by 2.5 and then divide by 1,000.
So: millgrams of sodium X 2.5 = milligrams of salt ÷ 1,000 = grams of salt
500 mg sodium x 2.5 / 1000 = 1.25 grams salt
grams of salt x 1000 /2.5 = mg of sodium
1.25 grams salt x 1000 /2.5 = 500 mg sodium or 0.5 g sodium
Eating too much salt increases your risk of developing high blood pressure which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
News Flash – Food labelling is changing
By December 2014 all food labels will only list salt -sodium will not be listed. This will make it much easier for you to see how much salt each product contains. So we must change the Nutrition Program to fit in with this.
Choose lower salt options using the following guidelines on food labels:
A food high in salt has more than 1.5g salt per 100g (or 0.6g sodium).