Salt - How much is too much?

Salt often appears as sodium on food labels. Adults should eat less than 2.5g of sodium. That's 6g of salt a day - about one teaspoon.

To convert sodium to salt, multiply the sodium figure by 2.5.

For pre-prepared foods, look at the ‘amount per serving’.

There are also daily recommended maximum salt targets for children depending on their age:

Daily recommendations for children
Age Maximum levels per day of:
salt sodium
1-3 years 2g 0.8g
4-6 years 3g 1.2g
7-10 years 5g 2g
11 and older 6g 2.5g