We've all been told that having too much salt (Sodium Chloride) is bad, but how much is too much??
Well, the recommended daily intake of sodium is 2300mg,1, 2 which equates to approximately 6g of salt (Sodium Chloride). Now, all of us can google that but how much does 1g of salt look like, or even 5g? The pictures below will give you some visual representation:
Also, the next time you pick up a can of food or a packet of instant noodles, or any other products with a high sodium content, have a read of the amount of sodium and apply what you've just learnt to better manage your salt intake
In essence, do your best to keep your salt intake below 6g daily
1) How to convert salt to sodium2 :
Multiply the grams of salt by 0.4 to get the amount of sodium in grams. Then multiply by 1000 to get the sodium in milligrams. 1 gram of salt equals 400 milligrams of sodium.
2) How to convert sodium to salt2 :
Multiply amount of sodium in milligrams by 2.5 to get the milligrams of salt. Then divide by 1000 to get grams of salt. 1 gram (1000 milligrams) of sodium equals about 2.5 grams of salt.
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- Mayo Clinic. Sodium: How to tame your salt habit [Internet]. Mayo Clinic [updated 2016 April 16; cited 2016 October 26]. Available from: www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/sodium/art-20045479?pg=1
- Heart Foundation. Salt [Internet]. Heart Foundation [cited 2016 October 26]. Available from: https://heartfoundation.org.au/healthy-eating/food-and-nutrition/salt