Pesto is a real pest to our health – experts
THE most popular pesto sauces are 30 per cent saltier than seawater... raising children’s risk of heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure, scientists warn.
Bestsellers Italia Organic Vegetarian Pesto No5 Basil and Italia Pesto No1 Classic Basil contain an alarming 3.3g per 100g. The products contain two-and-a-half times times more salt than salted peanuts.
Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) said what’s worse is levels in both have actually increased since they were last surveyed in 2009. Classic Basil now has 18 per cent more. Each has over 1.5g of salt per serve – more than a McDonald’s Hamburger.
They were also high in saturated fat, further endangering cardiovascular health.
The CASH survey of 75 pesto sauces using the FoodSwitch UK smartphone app found none could be considered healthy.
The report said: “This could increase a child’s risk of developing high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks later in life. Pesto is often added alongside other salty ingredients, which can push up the total salt content of meals to over 50%of the maximum daily recommended intake.