Sweet Foods Contain More Salt
Some of the 2,000 polled by Consensus Action of Salt and Health sweet foods can contain more salt than savory snacks associated with salt.
Few people are aware that eat too much salt may accelerate osteoporosis and worsening asthma.
Activists call for clearer food labeling to help parents control the salt intake of their children so they don’t eat too much salt.
Experts, including the Food Standards Agency, believe too much salt can cause high blood pressure.
Adults are recommended not to consume more than 6g, while for children a little. Research by CASH showed a variety of foods regularly eaten by children, such as some pizzas, beef burgers and sausage rolls, contained more than 1g of salt per serving – a third of the recommended daily limit for four to six years.
The study also showed many sweet foods had high salt content – but few parents are aware of this.
For example, some brands of blueberry muffin have more salt than two standard bags of crisps, while some breakfast cereals have more salt than one bag.
And the poll, conducted in partnership with the Netmums campaign group, found fewer than half are aware 1g sodium is equivalent to 2.5g of salt.
This comparison is important because some brands label their salt content in sodium.
Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of CASH and an expert in cardiovascular medicine at St George’s Hospital, London, said: “What we need is clear food labeling.
“Some food companies have reduced their salt content in recent years and these needs to continue, but having good information is key.”
Cathy Court, of Netmums, said preferred label of traffic lights – retailers currently use various models of labeling of red, yellow, green traffic light labels numbers guideline daily amount.
“Parents need to help a lot more if they are to make sure their children do not eat too much salt.”
But the Salt Association, which represents the salt industry, said: “This tunnel-vision single-nutrient focus fails to recognize that the real problem is a broader diet.
Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), has advised people not to put the salt on their dinner table.
The WCRF estimates that up to 15% of daily salt intake is added at the dinner table or during cooking.
Professor Wiseman said: “Because salt is added by food manufacturers, there are too many in our food before it even reaches our dinner table.
“But by adding extra salt to eat, you just make things worse.” we have to keep salt intake. Eat too much salt can be harmful for the body.