Sandwiches contain as much salt as nine bags of crisps

Pre-packaged sandwiches contain 'shocking' levels of salt, says report

Ready-prepared sandwiches sold on the high street and often seen as the healthy alternative to fast food can contain alarming amounts of salt, saturated fat  and sugar, according to a report by consumer group, Which?

One sandwich from fast food chain Subway, the six-inch Meatball Marinara, was found to have the same amount of salt as nine bags of Walkers ready-salted crisps – more than 75% of an adult’s maximum daily intake.

A cheddar ploughman’s from Asda had 15.2g of saturated fat – more than three-quarters of an adult woman’s recommended maximum daily intake. And a Marks and Spencer wensleydale and carrot chutney sandwich contained 25.5g of sugar, the equivalent of more than five teaspoonfuls.

The Which? report compared fourteen chicken salad sandwiches and found no correlation between price and healthiness. The cheapest sandwich, Morrison’s deep-fill chicken salad contained the most chicken, while Pret a Manger’s herb chicken and rocket sandwich (£2.39) had the highest levels of fat and saturated fat of all the products surveyed.

Mary Hocking, editor of Which? said: ‘A sandwich might seem like a pretty healthy option but there can be shocking amounts of sugar, salt and fat in some of them and you’d have no idea if they’re not labelled’.

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