Sandwiches ‘rival crisps on salt’
Pre packed sandwiches may contain as much salt as several bags of crisps, a study suggests.
The health lobby group Cash looked at 140 sandwiches on sale and found over 40% had 2g or more of salt or a third of an adult’s recommended daily intake.
Asda’s Extra Special Yorkshire Ham and Hawes Wensleydale sandwich topped the list, with nearly 4g or 65% of the recommended daily salt intake, according to the Consumer Action on Salt and Health survey.
It was followed by Pret tiffany jewellery a Manger’s All Day Breakfast sandwich with 3.54g of salt and the Tesco’s Finest version of the same with 3.5g.
Cash noted that as a standard bag of Walkers Ready Salted Crisps contains 0.5g of salt, these sandwiches contain the equivalent of seven bags of crisps.
The lowest salt sandwiches in the survey were Co op Healthy Living Tuna and Cucumber and Tesco Healthy Living Chicken Salad, with 0.6g or 10% of the recommended daily amount.
The British Sandwich Association was critical of the findings.
“Sandwiches involve the assembly of ingredients,” said Jim Winship, director of the organisation. bacon or ham so if consumers choose a sandwich containing these they are bound to have a higher salt content.”
But he stressed that on average, the sandwiches surveyed had 2g of salt or a third of the recommended daily intake and that these levels were not unreasonable.
Cash admitted that, given a sandwich was often the main constituent of one of three meals in the day, containing a third of the recommended daily intake of salt was not necessarily a problem.
“But it’s often combined with other things,” says Jo Butten, the group’s nutritionist.
“Once you have had a packet of crisps with your sandwich and finished off with some biscuits, you may well have gone over your limit.”
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“One of the easiest way to reduce the salt content would probably be to use a different sort of bread, as that can be a significant factor,” said Ms Butten.
Cash singled out Pret a Manger for particular criticism, noting that two of its sandwiches had a very high salt content but that it did not spell out nutritional details on its boxes.
The sandwich chain rejected the criticism outright, saying it saw itself as a deli not a “factory” as the products were made on site, and that in a deli such details would not be availa tiffany jewellery ble.