Salt campaigners highlight bread danger

Salt is killing Australians by stealth, say health experts concerned about high volumes of the chemical lurking in foods such as bread and breakfast cereal.

"The foods that are the most problematic are not always the ones you think of as being really salty," said Dr Bruce Neal, a senior director at the George Institute in Sydney.

"The main source of salt in the Australian diet is bread."

But obvious sources like cheese and processed meats also contribute a significant amount.

It's so bad that the average Australian eats one and a half teaspoons of salt a day.