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Less salt in Big Mac than high street salads

26th August 2010

Research has revealed that many salads sold in British high street stores contained potentially harmful levels of salt.

Out of 268 salads checked by researchers at shops, cafes and fast food chains, only 2% had less than the 0.5g salt contained in a bag of Walkers crisps, with 10% having more salt than the 2.1g found in a McDonald's Big Mac.

Seven out of the 10 salads with most salt in were sold by Marks & Spencer and its Taste of Asia product contained 2.8g of salt – equivalent to eating more than five bags of crisps.

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash), which conducted the research, is concerned with these levels and fears some 15,000 people in the UK die early each year as a result of eating too much salt.

Cash found that a spicy crayfish noodles at sandwich chain EAT contained 3.5g per portion, Pret A Manger's super houmous salad had 3.2g of salt, KFC’s Zinger salad 3.1g.

However, Cash found salt in salads at supermarkets had fallen by 23% since its last survey five years ago.

Cash campaign manager Katharine Jenkins said: “Many women choose salad as a healthy and convenient lunch. Rather than feeling healthy however, they often feel bloated and sluggish – symptoms of water retention which can be caused by the hidden salt in these salads.”

She said salt intake can lead to health problems such as osteoporosis and high blood pressure.

Marks & Spencer said the survey gave a misleading picture of the healthiness of its salads.


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Article Information

Title: Less salt in Big Mac than high street salads
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15904
Date Added: 26th Aug 2010


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