Excessive Salt Levels Found in Meat Alternatives

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Excessive salt levels were found in meat alternatives, according to a report published on October 23, 2018.

Action on Salt (AoS), a campaign group is recommending the government to bring in laws on salt reduction when they found out about excessive amount of salt in some processed meat alternatives. According to a U.K. product survey, several meat-free products are much higher in salt when compared to the recommended guidelines. Moreover, Public Health England, which is the government agency responsible for the U.K.’s salt reduction program, said that there is still a long way to go to decrease salt intake of the nation.

Action on Salt, which is based at Queen Mary University London, claims that higher amount of salt is often present in meat-free products such as alternative burgers, bacon-style rashers, and sausages, when compared to their real meat counterparts. The consumers consider these meat-free alternatives to be a healthier alternative. However, as per the survey, 28 percent of all products have high content of salt than the U.K. government’s recommended salt targets.

High salt intakes results in high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The U.K. Government recommends adults and children aged 11 years and over should have no more than 6g of salt per day.

Among the 157 supermarket meat alternative products that were surveyed, the highest average salt content per 100g was found in meat-free bacon (2.03g/100g) and meat-free sliced meat (1.56g/100g). Per portion, on average vegetarian kievs were the saltiest (1.03g) – saltier than a large portion of McDonald’s fries – followed by meat-free sausages (0.96g) and plain meat-free pieces and fillets (0.87g) – as salty as three portions of salted peanuts.

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