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FSA highlights ‘hidden’ salt statistics
More than three quarters of the popula- When asked to pick the top three from
In the UK we are now eating around
tion of the UK are not aware that bread a list of the 10 foods that contribute
8.6g salt a day on average. This is
and breakfast cereals are among the the most salt to our diets, only 13% of
although much higher than the recom-
top salt-contributing foods in our diet, people mentioned bread, and 12% said
mended 6g per day, it is almost a gram
reveals a new Food Standards Agency breakfast cereals.
less than people were eating before
(FSA) survey.
the FSA launched its salt reduction
The survey also found that many
programme in 2004.
Around 75% of the salt we eat comes people believe the supermarket value

from everyday foods and top three ranges are higher in salt than other
Rosemary Hignett, head of nutrition at
salt-contributing foods are bread, fol- ranges. However the FSA says this
the FSA says, “We’re not suggesting
lowed by meat products and breakfast isn’t necessarily the case and some-
people stop eating or even cut down on
cereals. When asked to pick the top times the cheapest are amongst the
bread or breakfast cereals, as they are
three contributors, from a list of the lowest in salt. In addition, supermar-
important part of a healthy diet. But
10 foods that contribute the most salt ket own-label versions of some foods,
we are saying take a look at the labels
to our diets, the foods most commonly including bread, are often lower in salt
to find one that is lower in salt.” Too
mentioned were crisps and snacks than the branded versions. The only
much salt can lead to high blood pres-
(73%), ready meals (65%) and meat way of knowing for sure is by checking
sure, which triples the risk of heart
products (36%). the labels, the FSA says.
disease and stroke and doubles the

chance of dying from these diseases.
Spice Business Magazine 11 November | December 2009
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