Ready meals are guilty but not that guilty


Monday, 08 May, 2017


A UK survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), based at Queen Mary University, has found that consumers’ awareness of foods contributing high amounts to salt intakes remains poor.

The general population believes that ready meals, including store bought pizza (30%), crisps and other savoury snacks (16%) and salt added to food when cooking (10%), contribute the most to the salt intake of people in the UK.

However, the correct answers are bread and cereal products, which actually contribute nearly a quarter of the salt in the UK’s diet.

Interestingly, over half (58%) of respondents believed it should be the responsibility of the food industry to proactively reduce salt content in their products.

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