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High salt foods

Not many of us realise that salt is hidden in everyday foods that don’t taste that salty. Watch out for these foods, that can have salt lurking inside:

Foods that are almost always high in salt

Watch out for these foods, which are almost always high in salt because of the way that they are produced. Try to eat them less often or have smaller amounts:

  • bacon, ham and smoked meats
  • cheese
  • pickles
  • salami
  • salted and dry roasted nuts
  • salt fish and smoked fish
  • soy sauce
  • gravy granules, stock cubes and yeast extract

Foods that can be high in salt

The salt in these foods can vary between different brands or varieties. Check the food label to help you choose ones that are lower in salt:

  • bread, bread products like wraps, crumpets, scones and sandwiches
  • pasta sauces
  • savoury snacks like crisps and salted nuts
  • pizza
  • ready meals
  • soup
  • sausages
  • tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and other sauces
  • breakfast cereals

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