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.
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.