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Health charity issues health warning over salt levels in a roast dinner

A health charity has issued a warning over using too many ready-made items as part of a Sunday roast dinner, claiming that it could lead to a huge amount of salt intake.

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) surveyed 600 supermarkets and revealed an unnecessary amount of food in many ready-made items. The charity says that by cooking fresh food, the levels of salt decrease dramatically.

UK supermarkets are at the forefront of the race to reduce salt in Europe.

According to Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), a Sunday roast can be healthy and balanced but if consumers choose ready-made products such as vegetables, meat and condiments, they could rack up as much as 10g of salt in one meal.

The recommended maximum salt intake for an adult is 6g, which is far less than the total salt in a ready-made roast dinner. However, by buying fresh meat and produce and taking notice of labels, a roast dinner with fewer than 2g of salt is possible, according to CASH.

CASH found that some supermarkets sold products which were very low in salt such as Asda’s butter chicken which contains just 0.3g salt in every portion. Sarah Cordey of the British Retail Consortium said that many supermarkets are doing all they can to lower salt content in their products and that CASH’s survey disregarded the fact that a large number of customers use fresh produce.

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