Veggie Burgers Just as Salty as Their Meat Counterparts

by Rajshri on  May 19, 2008 at 2:31 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
 Veggie Burgers Just as Salty as Their Meat Counterparts
A new study has found that consuming veggie burgers and sausages is just as bad for health as meat sausages as they contain similar levels of salt.

The report by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) said that some veggie burgers had more salt than meat. In the report, it was found that the saltiest veggie sausage had five times as much salt as five packets of crisps.

"With the barbecue season already upon us many people may think that going meat-free is a healthier option. But our research shows that vegetarian burgers and sausages are just as salty as meat equivalent products, and some are considerably higher in salt than others," said Cash nutritionist Carrie Bolt.

The study also found that one type of pork sausage sold in Sainsbury's had 0.7 g of salt, which was 25 percent less that that contained in the vegetarian option.

Fry's Vegetarian Traditional Sausage had 2.8g of salt per sausage. This meant that anyone who consumed 2 sausages would get at least 6g of salt, which is the minimum recommended allowance for adults.

Source: Medindia

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CASH is short-sighted once again. Eating more vegetables and fruits greatly reduces everybody's sensitivity to salt and as a result there is no extended blood pressure reaction to salty veggi-burgers. CASH is becoming one of the most dangerous organizations in the UK because it is singularly focused on blood pressure and refuses to recognize the hidden dangers of low salt consumption, such as type 2 diabetes, premature artery stiffness and cardiovascular deaths because of increased aldosterone production. It has convinced the UK Food Standards Agency to carry out the largest medical experiment in history - with the UK citizens as the proverbial guinea pigs.

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