September 13, 2012
Salty bacon must be clearly labelled with traffic light
A new survey has shown two rashers of bacon can
sometimes be twice as salty as seawater.
The research from Consensus Action on Salt and
Health (CASH) reveals high amounts of salt in
bacon, with some products containing more than half the
daily recommendation of salt in just two rashers.
The daily recommended amount of salt for an adult is 6g but two
grilled rashers of back bacon in some supermarkets
contained up to 3.8g of salt.
Victoria Taylor, our Senior Dietitian, said:
“We can all do our bit to make our cooked
breakfasts healthier by grilling rather than
frying, including more fruit and reducing portion
“While you can avoid adding more salt
yourself, you can’t take out what has already been added by
manufacturers. We need the food industry to help shoppers through
consistent reformulation programmes as well as
clear, front of pack food labels using
traffic light colours.
“Too much salt in our diet is linked to
high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease, and
everyone has a part to play in reducing the amount
of salt we’re eating as a nation.”
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