Average salt content of bread falls by 20%

The average salt content of packaged bread sold in the UK has fallen by 20% in the last 10 years. The average salt content in 2001 was 1.23g per 100g, but this figure fell to 0.98g per 100g by 2011.

Even so, over a quarter of bread products have failed to meet the Department of Health’s 2012 salt content target.

The recommended daily intake of salt is 6g, but average daily consumption remains high, at 8.1g. Too much dietary salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and other health problems.

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