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It’s a storecupboard staple that’s settled many a midweek what-to-cook dilemma, but stock up wisely – not all sauces are equal



Around three-quarters of the salt in our diet comes from ready-made products – and pasta sauces are among the many foods that contribute to these. So it’s always worth checking labels and choosing products that contain the least salt.

Health guidelines say we should have no more than 6g salt in a day. To help keep your intake within this limit, look for products that have a green traffic light or no more than 0.3g salt per 100g.

Remember to work out how much salt you’ll get in a portion. Take the figure for salt per 100g and divide it by 100. Then multiply this figure by the serving size (for example, for a 500g jar that serves 4, the serving size will be 125g).

Products aimed at children are often free from added salt, which is great news.

Don’t be fooled into thinking organic products are a healthier option they often have far more salt than non organic!

It’s very easy to make a tomato sauce from scratch with no salt at all. Grab a tin of tomatoes, add a few pinches of dried herbs, some crushed garlic, chopped onion and a splash of red wine vinegar to taste, then heat through.

All values are for 100g

Tesco Goodness Original
Tomato Pasta Sauce, £1/200g
0.2g salt
tesco sauce

Essential Waitrose
Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce, £1.55/555g
0.5g salt

waitrose sauce

Morrisons The Best Italian
Sundried Tomato Pasta Sauce With Basil & Garlic, £1.40/350g
0.6g salt


Dolmio Bolognese
Chunky Tomato & Basil Sauce, £1.70/500g widely available
0.7g salt

dolmio sauce

Asda Garlic & Tomato
Pasta Sauce, 75p/500g
0.7g salt

ASDA sauce

Seeds of Change
Organic Tomato And Basil Pasta Sauce,
£2.30/350g, widely available
0.7g salt

seeds sauce

Tomato & Herb Pasta Sauce, 95p/500g
0.7g salt

sainsbury sauce

Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce£1.50/350g widely available
0.8g salt

Napolina sauce

Loyd Grossman
Tomato & Basil Sauce, £1.94/350g widely available
0.8g salt

lloyd sauce

Basilico Tomato & Basil Sauce
£2/400g, available from Tesco and Ocado
1g salt

Barilla sauce

Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
£2.95/340g, available from Waitrose and Ocado
1.2g salt

organico sauce

Biona Organic
Basilico Pasta Sauce
£2.69/350g available from Waitrose and Ocado
1.4g salt       

BIONA sauce

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