Average daily apparent consumption of sodium was 3,140 mg per capita, which is almost 1.6 times the NRV's Suggested Dietary Target of 2,000 mg per capita.
The Major groups with the greatest contribution were:
- Miscellaneous category (which includes the cooking and baking ingredients such as seasonings, salt and baking soda) (27.5%)
- Meat and poultry (16.1%)
- Cereals and cereal products (13.8%)
- Savoury sauces and condiments (9.7%).
The leading Sub-major food groups contributing to sodium consumption were:
Contribution to sodium, leading Sub-major food groups
Source: Apparent Consumption of Selected Foodstuffs, Australia, 2018–19.
- Herbs, spices and seasonings (includes salt, stock and stock powders) (23.1%)
- Regular breads and bread rolls (8.5%)
- Processed meat (8.1%)
- Gravies and savoury sauces (includes sauces such as tomato, barbecue, soy, plus marinades and pasta sauces) (7.5%)
- Cheese (5.0%).