An evaluation of the reported sodium content of Australian food products

Grimes, Carley A., Nowson, Caryl A. and Lawrence, Mark 2008, An evaluation of the reported sodium content of Australian food products, International journal of food science and technology, vol. 43, no. 12, pp. 2219-2229.

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Title An evaluation of the reported sodium content of Australian food products
Author(s) Grimes, Carley A.
Nowson, Caryl A.
Lawrence, Mark
Journal name International journal of food science and technology
Volume number 43
Issue number 12
Start page 2219
End page 2229
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0950-5423
1365-2621
Keyword(s) bread
breakfast cereal
cheese
processed food
salt
sausages
sodium
Summary We assessed the sodium content of Australian food items, trends over time and compared this content with sodium targets established by the UK Food Standards Agency and that of similar food items in the UK. The sodium content indicated on food labels were collected from 2005 to 2007. Fifty-three percent of food products had sodium levels above the targets. Food sub-categories containing <20% of products meeting the targets were white bread, wholemeal bread, cream cheese, low fibre breakfast cereal, savoury snack biscuits, hot dogs, sausages, canned soup, canned beans and spaghetti and canned vegetables. There was an indication that Australia had a lower number of food products that met the sodium targets compared to the UK (46% vs. 56%) and over half remain above the recommended target. A reduction in the sodium content of bread, low fibre breakfast cereals, and a number of processed snack, meat and canned goods is needed to reduce the average salt intake to 6 g day−1.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920208 Health Inequalities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017567

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