We are told to cut down on salt but sodium is listed on food labels so how do we convert?
Sodium to salt
To convert sodium to salt, 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
Eating too much salt increases your risk of developing high blood pressure which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
- Too much salt is harmful to health
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.
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).