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Friday 20 October 2017

Restaurants, cafes and supermarkets are still adding large amounts of salt to what appear to be healthy salads, a survey has found.

Restaurants, cafes and supermarkets are still adding large amounts of salt to what appear to be healthy salads, a survey has found.

A study of 650 ready-to-eat salads found 77pc contained more salt than a packet of crisps, Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) said.

A McDonald's crispy chicken and bacon salad had more salt than a McDonald's hamburger at 1.3g compared with 1.2g, while the Pizza Express grand chicken Caesar salad contained 5.3g and its vegetable and goat's cheese salad contained 5g.

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Current guidelines recommend adults consume no more than 6g of salt a day.

Wagamama's lobster super salad contained 4.5g of salt and Nando's Mediterranean salad with chicken breast contained 4g.

The survey did find that the average salt content in supermarket salads has reduced by 35pc since Cash conducted a similar study in 2010.

But this year's study still found that Marks & Spencer's bacon and sweetcorn pasta salad contained 2.5g salt in a 380g serving.

Nutritionist Sonia Pombo said: "Say the word 'salad' and you tend to imagine a bowl of healthy stuff, but that's not accurate."

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