These results provide evidence that the UK salt reduction strategy, based on a series of salt targets for different food groups, is working, but that the targets need to be much more stringent if we are to get salt intakes down to less than 6g a day (the recommended maximum).
These big brands need to stop dragging their heels and catch up with the supermarkets now, or they will be left behind.
It's worth looking at the label and choosing a lower salt and fat version of your favourite cheese, or better yet, to eat very small amounts.
Children's cheeses are often marketed as 'healthy', yet can contain at least the equivalent of 75% seawater per 100g on average - these cheeses should only be given to children occasionally, or not at all.
More than half of half of people said they would follow dinner with Christmas pudding, with 23 per cent planning to have dollop of cream. Between meals, 40 per cent said they snacked on nuts and 30 per cent on crisps, both of which are often contain added salt.
A third of people will eat at least one mince pie, and over half enjoy chocolates throughout the day. Combined with overindulgence at mealtimes, sweet snacks bring the average person's Christmas day sugar intake to the equivalent of 32 teaspoons.
The British Heart foundation has warned that the average person in Britain could consume the equivalent of half a pack of lard in saturated fat, and as much salt as would be found in 50 packets of crisps on Christmas Day.
In a survey, the charity asked 2,000 people who celebrate Christmas what they eat and drink over the festive period. For many people, the Christmas indulgence starts before the turkey is even in the oven, it found.