Reducing salt


If you don't add salt to your meals at the dinner table, you probably think you don't eat much salt. However, salt can be present in many everyday foods including bread, breakfast cereals and ready meals.

Eat less salt

Adults should have no more than 6g of salt each day, and children under 11 years old should have less. Check the colour coded nutrition information on packs to see how much a portion contains.

Co-op has been reducing salt for many years now.

Here are some ways to reduce salt in your diet:

  • Compare labels for lower salt options
  • Reduce or stop adding salt to your meals. Try not having the salt shaker on the dinner table
  • Avoid adding salt when cooking. There’s lots of herbs and spices you could use instead to flavour your food. Taste your food as you go
  • Avoid buying tinned vegetables with added salt
  • You don’t need to add salt to pasta or vegetables when boiling them
  • Limit the amount of bacon or continental meat you eat as these can contain quite a lot of salt
  • If you like a cooked breakfast at the weekends, why not try having poached eggs on toast instead of bacon and sausages?
  • Choose tomato based pasta sauces instead of cheese based.
  • When making or buying sandwiches, choose chicken or egg based instead of ham or cheese
  • Look out for reduced salt/sodium versions of foods such as soy sauce, tomato ketchup, baked beans

Co-op’s Salt Journey

  • 1986 - Co-op created the first consumer-friendly, nutrition labelling system used by any retailer
  • 1998 - Co-op added salt to the 'at a glance' front pack labelling, the first retailer to do so
  • 2006 - Co-op committed to working towards meeting the FSA 2010 salt targets. Co-op also supported the FSA’s salt campaign to help educate our customers to cut back on their salt intake
  • 2009 - Co-op met relevant own-brand product categories well ahead of the 2010 target
  • 2011 - Co-op committed to the PHRD salt reduction pledge – working towards meeting 2012 salt targets
  • 2014 - Co-op became the first retailer to commit to the PHRD 2017 salt reduction targets
  • 2018 - Co-op was 98% compliant with the maximum 2017 salt targets