Foods high in salt
Many of our favourite foods contain too much salt.
It might surprise you to know that most of the salt you consume isn’t being added when you’re cooking. There’s salt in almost everything we eat, and over the years we’ve developed a taste for adding extra salt as well.
Most people already know that foods like chips and bacon are high in salt, but you might be surprised how much salt is in foods that don’t taste salty – such as sauces, frozen meals and even biscuits, and cakes.
Processed foods are not just snacks like salty chips and biscuits though, they are any food that has been altered in some way (frozen, tinned, packaged).
Almost all the packaged items you find on supermarket shelves are considered processed foods. This doesn’t necessarily mean they are unhealthy (packaged lentils are a perfectly healthy food) – but you do have to watch out for the salt content!
Too much salt can put you at risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, so it is important you know where to find it.
Unpack the Salt
Heart Foundation Victoria and VicHealth have developed a range of information and tools to help you find where salt may be hiding in your diet.