Ready to eat salads are ‘dangerously salty’ with some containing the recommended amount for an entire day

  • Action on Salt survey found one salad from high street takeaway chain Abokados contained as much salt as 14 packets of ready salted crisps
  • The group found salt levels had increased by 13 per cent since its 2014 survey
  • The report recommends that salads should have a traffic light colour code to warn diners when salt levels are too high 

 Salads may seem like a healthy option –but some offered in restaurants are ‘dangerously salty’, a report has warned.

One salad from high street takeaway chain Abokado contained as much salt as 14 packets of ready salted crisps. And one from popular restaurant chain Nando’s contained more salt than six KFC chicken pieces, according to the research.

Eating too much salt can cause an increase in blood pressure – and over time increase the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Research by Action on Salt said the level of salt found in restaurants, sandwich and coffee shops and fast food outlets had increased by 13 per cent since the previous survey in 2014 – from 1.65g to 1.86g per serving on average.

One salad from high street takeaway chain Abokado contained as much salt as 14 packets of ready salted crisps

Eating too much salt can cause an increase in the chances of suffering a heart attack

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Action on Salt chairman Professor Graham MacGregor said: ‘Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to reduce the number of people dying or suffering from strokes or heart disease.’

The report recommended that restaurant salads should have a traffic light ‘colour code’ which highlights – with a red label – when salt levels are too high.

 

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