Study reveals high salt levels in salads

30 July 2014        

Plate of salad

Salads laced with hidden salt could see shoppers eating their entire daily limit in a single serving according to a new study.

Consensus Action on Salt and Health surveyed 650 pre-prepared salads available in supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets and found 77% contained more salt than a packet of crisps.

The findings showed the salt content in some restaurant salads was so high they contained almost 6g of salt – the daily recommended allowance.

However, the results found the average salt content in supermarket salads had reduced by 35% since 2005, from 1.64g per portion to 1.06g per portion in 2014. 

This survey shows in some cases what you see might not always be what you get

Victoria Taylor, our Senior Dietitian, said: “It’s not unreasonable to think that if you pick a salad it’s going to be a healthy choice. But this survey shows in some cases what you see might not always be what you get.

“A colourful salad full of vegetables may look like a healthy way towards your 5-a-day but what you can’t see is the salt content which, in some cases, could amount to almost a whole day’s worth in one portion.

“It’s good to see progress is being made to drive down our salt intake, but there’s still work to be done. That’s why clear, colour-coded labelling on food packaging is so important to help people make more positive, informed choices about what they eat.”