Understanding food labels

Food labels can be confusing, but can be a useful way of working out how much salt the food contains. Make a habit of looking at the food labels before you decide to buy or eat something.

Check your food labels.

Remember that the amount of salt you eat also depends on the portion size of the food you eat. 
 
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Some food labels use the traffic light system to help us make healthier choices. The traffic light system gives information on salt as well as fat, sugar and calories, labelling for high, for medium and for low content. Choosing foods with more green and amber than reds, helps us make healthier choices.

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Why not try using our handy shopping guide to find lower salt alternatives to salty foods. You can look at it or download it here.
 
There is a more complete list of foods and their salt content and you can look at it or dowlnload it here.

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