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More salt in sausages than in crisps

17th June 2011

Health campaigners have warned that 90% of British sausages have more salt than a packet of crisps.

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According to Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash), having just two sausages for breakfast could give you around 50% of your recommended daily salt intake.

Most adults consume 8.6g of salt per day, which is 43% more than the recommended daily intake of 6g.

The consumption of too much salt has been associated with high blood pressure, strokes and thousands of premature deaths every year.

Research by Cash showed that only seven out of 246 sausages it examined contained less salt than a bag of crisps.

Gourmet sausages contained some of the highest levels of salt, with Musk's Newmarket brand containing 1.6g salt per sausage, or 2.5g per 100g.

Popular brands such as Richmond, Sainsbury's and Iceland topped the list for highest salt content per 100g of sausage.

Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Cash, said: "That there is so much salt still in our sausages is a scandal."

"Salt puts up our blood pressure, leading to strokes, heart disease, osteoporosis and kidney disease."

"We should all be eating less than 6g of salt a day. Whilst there are food manufacturers filling our favourite foods such as sausages with salt, our health is at risk," he added.


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