Shake your salt habit!

What is sodium?

It is an essential mineral for maintaining body fluid balance. Salt contains 40% sodium and is found in sauces, condiments, preservatives and canned food.

Why is it dangerous?

Excessive sodium intake can lead to hypertension which is one of the leading causes of kidney failure!

How much should I take?

The recommended daily sodium limit is 1 teaspoon (tsp) of salt (<2,000mg).

Source: Energy & Nutrient Composition of Food, Health Promotion Board, 2011

Choose natural ingredients when cooking

Besides salt, there are many fresh and natural ingredients that can enhance the flavour for a more delectable taste!

Choose healthier options when eating out

High Sodium Choices Sodium (mg) Lower Sodium Alternatives Sodium (mg)
Roasted Chicken Rice 1,112 Steamed Chicken Rice 698
Deep Fried Fish Bee Hoon Soup with Milk 2,708 Sliced Fish Soup without Milk 1,808
Mee Siam with Gravy 2,347 Mee Siam without Gravy 1,008
Seafood Tomyum Ban Mian Soup 4,439 Pork Dumpling Ban Mian Soup 2,816
Creamy Chicken Pasta 1,161 Prawn Aglio Olio 786
Chicken Masala with Gravy (150g) 768 Chicken Tikka (100g) 263
Fried Prawn Crackers (100g) 750 Rice Crackers (100g) 369
Cheese Fries (1 Plate, 186g) 658 Baked Potato without Dressing (1 Whole, 202g) 16
Satay with Gravy (10 Pieces) 920 Satay without Gravy (10 Pieces) 231
Source: Energy & Nutrient Composition of Food, Health Promotion Board, 2011

*Items 1 to 5 are based on 1 serving

 Ask for less gravy, avoid drinking the soup and limit preserved foods such as salted egg and salted fish.

How to read a nutrition label

Ingredients are arranged in descending order, according to weight.

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