Salt & Cereals

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Salt & Cereals - A pinch of salt at Breakfast Time!

A pinch of salt at Breakfast Time!

Small amounts of salt are an essential part of healthy and balanced diet and vital for many functions in the body. Salt is made up of sodium and chloride, two substances that help to regulate fluid balance in the body, keep nerves healthy, support nutrient absorption and maintain muscle function. 

However, excessive salt intake can contribute to high blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. According to World Health Organization (WHO), the recommended intake of salt is lesser than 5g (equivalent to 1 tsp) or 2000mg of sodium [1]. However, a community-based study has shown that 4 out of 5 Malaysian adults are consuming more than the recommended sodium intake (>2000mg/day) [2]. The average intakes across Europe also range from 8-12g per day. Therefore, public health authorities are focusing on initiatives and policies to reduce salt intake at a population level.



Salt is found in a variety of foods and serves many roles including taste enhancement, preservation and textural functions. Breakfast cereals contain only a small amount of salt, and they generally contribute less than 10% of the average daily intake. In breakfast cereals, salt plays an important role in product quality and is a key component of grain flavour. Without salt, the natural grain flavour is perceived by the consumer as raw. Each breakfast cereal has an individual recipe developed using extensive consumer testing for best flavour perception, shelf life and product appeal.


We will continue to work with leading experts and nutritionists to innovate and renovate our cereal - providing healthy and nutritious breakfast cereal that tastes great


Nestlé® cereals offer even less salt. Nestlé® KOKO KRUNCH® contains 45mg per serving, less than  2% of daily recommended intake.

How can you tell how much salt you’re getting in your favourite food?

Nestlé® breakfast cereals in line with the nutritional labelling requirement from MOH, provides the amount of sodium the food contains in the nutrition information panel, so you can readily make informed decisions when choosing between foods.


Following the dietary guidelines on a healthy and balanced diet, particularly in regard to salt/sodium intake, will help you to control sodium intake without risking exceeding the recommended amounts.