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Most bread contains too much salt

2nd September 2011

Research has revealed high levels of salt in shop loaves of bread.

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Findings have revealed that a quarter of all shop loaves contain as much salt in a single slice as a bag of crisps.

Worst offenders were expensive artisan breads sold by specialist bakeries by outlets such as Greggs. Asda and Marks & Spencer were also found to be selling loaves with too much salt in them.

In addition, while wrapped bread has salt content on the label, the amount in bakers’ loaves was less clear.

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) surveyed 294 fresh and packaged loaves from supermarkets and in-store bakeries, as well as chain and independent shops.

Some 28% contained as much salt, or more, per slice than the 0.5g in a standard 34.5g packet of Walkers ready salted crisps.

In terms of bakery chain loaves Paul came out highest with its brown Pain de Campagne containing 2.83g of salt per 100g, which is almost half the daily recommended maximum in two thick slices.

CASH campaign director Katharine Jenner said: “You wouldn’t expect to be eating more salt than a packet of crisps in just one slice of bread.

“It is scandalous that there is no labelling on fresh bread. Without it, how are we supposed to know where salt is hidden and cut our intake to less than 6g a day?”

The British Heart Foundation said more needed to be done to cut the salt content in bread and make sure manufacturers provided colour-coded food labels to help customers.

 

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