12 Nov, 2019 Last updated: 17 Dec, 2019

Aussie kids are consuming 60 per cent more salt than recommended every day.

Aussie kids are consuming 60 per cent more salt than recommended every day.

The National Health and Medical Research Centre guidelines recommend no more than 3.5 grams of salt in one day for a child aged between 4 – 8 years old – that’s less than half a teaspoon.

Parents often aren’t aware of the hidden salt creeping into lunchboxes, but easy swaps can reduce their salt intake. Healthier, low-salt options don’t have to compromise on taste.

5 low-salt swaps

  • Replace white bread with ‘reduced-salt’ multigrain options

  • Replace regular butter or spread with reduced-salt options

  • Swap fruit bars for real whole fruit – an apple or a banana

  • Instead of potato crisps loaded with salt, pop your own popcorn and portion into individual serves

  • Take out the cheese sticks and chop up colourful capsicum, carrot and cucumber in their place

  • Rethink the humble ham and cheese white sandwich – chicken and salad on multigrain are less salty.

For low-salt recipes and more easy swaps, visit Unpack the Salt.