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Salty food exposed

24th September 2009

A campaign group has highlighted how wheat or dairy-free products contain high levels of salt.

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Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) warned that people choosing such products could also be risking their heart health.

The organisation surveyed 71 own-label "free from" products from five UK supermarkets and found over half contained more salt than the retailer's standard version of the product with some containing six times as much.

Less than a third of the "free from" products studied had lower levels of salt than equivalent standard products.

CASH chairman Graham MacGregor said: "In general, it has been the supermarket own-label products that have led the way in salt reduction, but it seems that own-label products for people with existing health problems have not been a top priority for the retailers.

"They must now reformulate the higher-salt products immediately, so that people suffering from Coeliac disease or other related conditions do not have to put their health in further jeopardy."

Sainsbury's Free From Jaffa Cakes have 0.67g of salt per 100g, compared with 0.1g of salt per 100g in standard its Jaffa Cakes while Morrison's standard Chocolate Chip Cookies contain 0.5g of salt per 100g compared to the Free From version with 1.5g per 100g.

The British Heart Foundation said it was concerned that the high levels of salt were found in basic foods such as bread.

The Blood Pressure Association said it was disappointing that so many 'free from' foods had unnecessary salt.

Sainsbury's said it was working to reduce salt levels in its ‘free from’ range.

 

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