About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Your Salad May Pack More Salt Than Your Hamburger

by Medindia Content Team on August 1, 2007 at 4:01 PM
Font : A-A+

Your Salad May Pack More Salt Than Your Hamburger

If you thought choosing a salad for lunch was way healthier than a hamburger, you might be a little bit wrong.

Food watchdog Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) says that a number of products presented as healthy food in reality , have more hidden salt than a burger and fries.

Advertisement

The findings stemmed from a survey covering 156 ready-made salads and pasta bowls bought from high street outlets. It found that 19 percent of these contained more than one third of the 6g daily limit.

For example, one noodle salad had 4.4g of salt in a single portion - 73% of an adult's recommended daily salt limit while some McDonald's salads were saltier than their Big Mac and small French fries meal.
Advertisement

The report also suggests that some salads sold in coffee shops and supermarkets should carry health warnings, instead of being marketed as healthy options.

Experts of the Food Standards Agency say that eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, leading to the rise in risks of strokes and heart disease. The recommended daily dose of salt for adults is no more than 6g.

Cash is pushing for salad dressings to be made less salty and served separately as some salad dressings add a gram of salt to the meal.

Cash's chairman, Professor Graham MacGregor, opines that while many salad dishes were healthy, some "ought to carry a health warning, rather than be thought of as a healthy option". In addition, Cash has criticized the Pręt a Manger sandwich chain for not showing salt content on its packs.

The British Heart Foundation's policy officer, Alex Callaghan has the last word: " This report goes to show the name of a food product doesn't always tell the full story.

"Salt is a hidden killer which can lurk in the unlikeliest of foods."

Source: Medindia
ANN/B
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Black Pepper as Preventive Measure Against Omicron
FODMAP Diet: A Beginner's Guide
Smallpox
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Salt in Our Food Salt Scrub Tame your Salt Intake Smartly Healthy Salads Low Salt Diet for Good Health Low-fat New Year Recipes 

Recommended Reading
Pre-packed Sandwiches Saltier Than Crisps
Pre-packed sandwiches bought from shops contain as much salt as seven bags of crisps. Many a times ....
Healthy Salads
Salads are healthy foods high in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals and low in calories. Read o...
Low Salt Diet for Good Health
Salt is substance existing in water as well as in foods. The article discusses the major risks invol...
Low-fat New Year Recipes
Do you want to enjoy a low fat New Year feast? Here are few recipes to help you eat smart from the b...
Tame your Salt Intake Smartly
Salt is essential for the proper functioning of body but most of us generally exceed the intake of s...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use