What does low salt mean?

Nutrient claims such as ‘low salt’ are often used by food manufacturers to provide a point of difference with their product over others.

Manufacturers who use this claim have to make sure the product meets strict criteria before they are allowed to print ‘low salt’ on the food label.

A ‘low salt/sodium’ or ‘low in salt/sodium’ nutrient claim can only be placed on the label if the food contains no more than 120mg sodium per 100g.

Like with ‘fat reduced’, ‘salt reduced’ is a claim made in comparison with a product of the same type produced by the same manufacturer.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help you to understand fool labels and to use them to choose foods which are right for you and your family.