Sources of dietary sodium and implications for a state-wide salt reduction program in Victoria, Australia

Bolton, KA et al recently published data on dietary sodium intake and sources of dietary sodium from dietary recalls in the Victorian adult population. Salt intake from 24hr urine collections (n=338) was estimated as 8.9g/day after adjustment for non-urinary losses. Estimated salt intake from 24hr diet recall was lower, at 6.9g/day. It was estimated that 38% of sodium was from discretionary sources. Main food sources of dietary sodium were: cereal based mixed dishes (12%), flat/savoury/sweet breads (9%) and regular breads/rolls (9%). The group also looked at where foods were obtained from with 51% from retail stores and 28% from restaurants, fast food and take-away. To read more, click here.