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Pub meal with a day's worth of salt

17th March 2011

Food served by pub chains in the UK contains high levels of salt, according to a new survey.

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Menu items from pub restaurants commonly had more than a day’s ration of salt for an adult while the worst meals for salt content had the same amount of salt in them as 15 packets of crisps.

The campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) surveyed 526 pie, mash and gravy products from large pub chains, cafes, takeaways and supermarkets.

Wetherspoon’s British beef and Abbot Ale pie with chips or mash, gravy and peas carries 6.7g of salt, Punch Taverns’ lamb and mint pie with mash, vegetables and gravy had 6.5g of salt, and a Hungry Horse beef and ale pie with mash, peas and gravy contains 6.18g.
Experts recommend a daily limit of 6g.

Salt levels were generally lower in supermarket pies.

Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at The Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine and chairman of Cash, said: “Cutting men’s salt intake from the current 10g a day to the recommended maximum of 6g a day could reduce their risk of having a stroke by up to 20% and of having a heart attack by up to 12%.”

The British Heart Foundation advises people to look for the traffic-light labels for salt content in supermarkets.

But BHF heart health dietician Tracy Parker acknowledged that this information is not readily available in the pub, takeaway or café.

She suggested simple changes such as skipping the gravy or avoiding using the salt cellar helped.

 

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Margaret Wilde

Thursday 17th March 2011 @ 21:38

It's good that Consensus Action on Salt and Health keeps drawing attention to continuing high concentrations of salt in prepared meals, but after so many years of attention being drawn to this, retailers who sell meals to the public should know that for the sake of the health of their customers they should be lowering the amount of salt in those meals.

It seems then, that Waterstones and Punch Taverns don't care that their high salt meals are damaging their customers' health. It would seem that by making their meals salty, they hope to increase the thirst of the customers who eat them, and therefore to sell more drinks to them to quench that thirst.

Margaret Wilde

Thursday 17th March 2011 @ 22:09

I'm so sorry! - In my previous post I wrote Waterstones instead of Wetherspoons! - I do apologise for that mistake.


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