Salty sal­ads that put di­eters at risk

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH - By Josie Clarke

SOME sal­ads con­tain al­most as much salt as an adult’s rec­om­mended in­take for an en­tire day, a sur­vey has found.

More than a third of those tested by cam­paign group Ac­tion on Salt con­tained two grams or more.

The av­er­age salt con­tent of the sal­ads bought from restau­rants, sand­wich and cof­fee shops and fast food out­lets has in­creased by 13 per cent since 2014 to 1.86 grams.

The group said the find­ings high­lighted a dis­tinct lack of com­mit­ment from the food in­dus­try to re­duce the amount of salt.

AoS nu­tri­tion­ist Sarah Alder­ton said: “Sal­ads are typ­i­cally con­sid­ered to be a healthy op­tion but restau­rants and re­tail­ers are con­tin­u­ing to add un­nec­es­sar­ily high amounts of salt and sat­u­rated fat to their sal­ads and putting the health of cus­tomers in jeop­ardy. We want the food in­dus­try to be trans­par­ent by dis­play­ing clear, colour-coded nutri­tion in­for­ma­tion on front of pack or at the point of sale to help con­sumers make a more in­formed de­ci­sion.”

Guide­lines say adults should eat no more than six grams of salt a day, about a tea­spoon. But Mc­Don­ald’s Grilled Chicken and Ba­con Salad with Bal­samic Style Dress­ing had the same amount of salt as its Cheese­burger, AoS said.

Pizza Ex­press’s Grand Chicken Cae­sar Salad with Dough Sticks had 5.3 grams of salt. Even sal­ads branded as healthy con­tained high amounts of salt, such as Benugo’s Su­per­charged Omega Salmon with 3.5 grams. Of su­per­mar­ket sal­ads tested, Marks & Spencer’s Teriyaki Chicken Sticky Rice Salad with a soy and wasabi dress­ing was the salti­est with 3.5 grams per pack. Only 17 per cent of those tested were low in salt.

Gra­ham MacGre­gor, Pro­fes­sor of Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Medicine at Queen Mary Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don and chair­man of AoS, said: “It’s shock­ing to see that cer­tain restau­rants and su­per­mar­kets have failed to take re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­duce salt.

“Re­duc­ing salt is the most cost­ef­fec­tive mea­sure to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple dy­ing or suf­fer­ing from stroke or heart dis­ease.”

M&S said: “Our wide va­ri­ety of sal­ads in­clude some recipes that use in­gre­di­ents like soy sauce which have a nat­u­rally higher salt con­tent. Healthier op­tions are clearly la­belled with our Eat Well logo.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.