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Need To Control Salt Consumption? Stay Away From Barbecue Foods, Survey Finds

June 18, 2010: 12:02 AM EST
A large survey of food products consumed at barbecues in the U.K. has found that many of them are dangerously high in salt content. Conducted by the British group Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH), the survey examined 603 products, including burgers, sausages, potato chips (crisps), salads and dips from seven top supermarkets and brands. A “typical” barbecue meal – hot dog with mustard, burger with cheese, BBQ sauce, chips, coleslaw, potato salad, etc. – can easily double the recommended daily intake of salt, CASH found. One burger from Tesco contained two grams of salt, a third of the recommended daily amount. “Many products such as sauces and cheese slices were found to be saltier than seawater,” CASH said.
CASH Consensus Action on Salt & Health, "Survey reveals shocking levels of salt in your barbecue", CASH website, June 18, 2010, © CASH
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