Approximate amount of sodium content in various food groups

Food groupSodium content mg/100 g
Table salt, baking soda, baking powder38,000
Bouillon cubes, powdered broths, soups, gravies20,000
Soy sauce7,000
Snack foods (e.g. pretzels, cheese puffs, popcorn)1,500
Bacon1,500
Sauces and spreads1,200
Cheese, hard800
Processed vegetables600
Butter/margarine500
Cheese, soft400
Processed fish400
Cereals and cereal products
(e.g. bread, breakfast cereals, biscuits, cakes, pastries)
250
Fish, raw or frozen100
Eggs80
Milk and cream50
Vegetables, fresh or frozen10
Fruits, fresh or frozen5

1000 mg = 43.5 mmol

Note: The information in this table is based on approximate calculations of an average mg of sodium per 100 g food from diverse, iconic foods taken from food composition databases from around the globe. The sodium content varies substantially within the food groups and the table provides a relative comparison of average levels of sodium only. The information provided can be used only for approximate comparisons of food groups, and should not be used to estimate daily intake.

Sources: (23, 59-62)

From: Annex 2, Examples of sodium content in various foods and food groups

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