Survey finds some foods are saltier than seawater

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27th March 2017 17:45 - Food

Survey finds some foods are saltier than seawater: According to a recent food survey by the health campaign group, Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), salt levels in some food products are continuing to fall short of the salt reduction targets for 2017.

It is becoming increasingly likely that the food industry will miss almost every target set to lower the amount of sodium (dubbed “the hidden killer”) in food products.

The survey revealed that only one out of 28 food categories (bread rolls) are on target to meet the salt reduction goals for 2017.

The food research also indicated that salt levels are so high in some products that certain items are saltier than seawater. One of these products was found to be Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow hot chocolate, which has 16 times more salt per 100g than the maximum threshold.

Some other food products with highest amount of salt per 100g were:

  • Aldi 'Fishmonger' Smoked Mackerel Fillets with Piri Piri - 3.8g
  • Marks and Spencer’s Salt & Vinegar Chiplets - 2.8g
  • Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate - 2.5g
  • Sainsbury's Taste the Difference West Country Farmhouse Butter with Cornish Sea Salt - 2.1g
  • Quorn Southern Fried Chicken Burgers (4 pack) - 2g

Consensus Action on Salt and Health said that to reduce salt intake, it is crucial that consumers check the food labels on all products for its salt content.

They also suggested that consumers should look out for ingredients that are already salty and to avoid eating large amounts of these, for example olives, cheese, cured meats and capers, to name a few.

Consensus Action on Salt and Health also warned that condiments, such as salad cream and ketchup, can contain large amounts of added salt and so consumers should look for less-salty alternatives.

Another tip was to avoid adding salt to dishes, and to opt for black pepper or a squeeze of lemon to add flavour instead.

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