How much salt is in your BBQ food?

Friday 18th June, 2010

A new survey has discovered alarming levels of salt in BBQ food which could affect the health of Britons’ hearts.

The research by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) examined over 600 barbecue foods and found high levels of salt which can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Results from the survey found that a typical BBQ meal, which was defined by CASH as a hotdog with mustard, a burger with cheese and BBQ sauce, a piece of marinated meat, a helping of coleslaw and potato salad and plain crisps with dips, can contain as much as 12.11g of salt which is twice the recommended daily amount for adults.

“Having a barbecue during the World Cup is great fun, but there is no need to be eating dangerous levels of salt at the same time,” said CASH campaign manager and nutritionist Katharine Jenner.

“It is important to think about how much you really eat in a barbecue and be on the lookout for lower salt alternatives when shopping.”

These alarming results further intensify the need for a simple food labelling system, something that has been ruled out by MPs this week.



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