Changing sodium to salt

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!

Age Salt intake
1-3 years 2g
4-6 years 3g
7-10 years 5g
11 years and over 6g

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

In reverse

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.

Too much salt is harmful to health

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. 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).