[Parent Connection] Shake off the salt!

October 18, 2021

The Department of Health launched the Salt Reduction Scheme for school lunches and the “EatSmart Restaurant Star+” Campaign, co-operating with restaurants and school lunch suppliers to provide salt reduced meals for customers and students.

Recommended daily intake of salt:

Adult No more than 5g
Children (1 – 3 years old) No more than 2g
Children (4 – 6 years old) No more than 3g


Warm reminder

Eating too much sodium can increase blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure and renal disease.


Salt is everywhere in our diet! 

Bread Sodium per 100 gram (mg)
Sesame Bun 480
White bread & Sausage Bun 420
Whole-meal bread & Croissant 400
Tuna Bun 270
Cocktail Bun 230
Wheat bread with raisin & Pineapple Bun 140
Sweet plain bun 110

Tips to reduce salts:

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables, and fresh meat. Use natural ingredients such as onions, garlic, spices and citrus juices.
  • Avoid choosing processed or pre-packed food, e.g. preserved fish/ vegetables/ meat, ham and sausage, fast food (hot dog, burger, and pizza), salty snack food, and instant noodles, etc.


Reference: WHO, NHS, American Heart Association, Centre of Health Promotion, Centre for food safety