Your daily bread could be sabotaging your healthy, low-salt eating habits. Just two slices of some brands can provide more than a third of your recommended maximum intake of salt for the day.
If you’ve been mindful of adding salt sparingly to your food, you might be surprised to discover bread is one of the biggest contributors to your daily salt intake. Aside from adding to its taste, salt is integral to the rising process in baking.
Yet, just one teaspoon of salt (2300mg of sodium) is the recommended upper limit (UL) we should consume in a day, as it can contribute to high blood pressure and risk of stroke. The average Australian is getting one and a half times that.
So, a large daily helping of bread such as thick, door-stop slices with your breakfast, a wrap for lunch and a bread roll with dinner, may take you close to your daily limit – and that’s before you put anything on it.
As you’ll see from our chart, the amount of sodium found in different breads varies widely.
For your reference we’ve worked out how much sodium you’ll add to your day if you have two slices (or one roll or wrap). See how your favourite daily bread stacks up.
Tip Top Sunblest soft white thick loaf 2 slices = 274mg sodium = 12% UL
Aldi Baker’s Life Turkish bread roll 1 bun = 777mg sodium = 34% UL
Wonder White + vitamins and minerals sandwich 2 slices = 312mg sodium = 14% UL