Sodium to salt converter and the recommended maximum daily intake of salt for babies, children and adults
Scientific evidence is accumulating to suggest that reducing salt intake has the potential to reduce strokes, reduce blood pressure and reduce deaths from coronary heart disease. Evidence for the benefits of salt reduction have been well reviewed and an easily assessable, quality On Line resource can be accessed through the CASH website.
The currently agreed maximum salt intake in the UK, which is age dependant, is shown in Table 1. WHO guidance suggests that adults should not consume more than 5 g of salt a day. Interestingly McGreggor and He (2003) have predicted that reducing salt from 12g/day to 3g/day would prevent about 33% of all strokes and some 25% of ischemic heart disease cases, potentially preventing 20,500 deaths from stroke and 31,400 deaths from ischemic heart disease every year in the UK alone.
|Table 1. Recommended maximum daily salt intakes in the United Kingdom
||Maximum salt intake per day (g)
|11 years - adult
|Source: FSA (2007)
Use the calculator below to determine the salt concentration in foods.
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How to cite this article
Mullan, W.M.A. (2008, revised 2015).
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