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 is continuing to reduce salt in our products to meet the Government salt reduction targets.

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