Veggie sausages worse than bag of crisps

Veggie sausages contain more salt than five bags of crisps

Some brands of veggie sausages and burgers contain the same amount of salt as five bags of crisps, according to new research.

Just two sausages from one particular company provided the entire day’s salt recommendation for one adult.

The saltiest product was a Fry’s Vegetarian Traditional Sausage at 2.8g – four times more than the pork counterpart. Two of these sausages provide 5.6g of salt, close to the 6g recommended daily amount for an adult.

The amount of salt found in various vegetarian products differed significantly. For example, a Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage contained 38% more than its Quorn equivalent. Whilst two Cauldron vegetarian sausages contain 2g of salt, over 40% more than the 1.2g found in two Asda Meat Free Lincolnshire Sausages.

The saltiest burgers were Fry’s Vegetarian Traditional Burgers which contained 1.8g of salt – six times higher than the Asda meat burger.

The research by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), coincides with National Vegetarian Week, which begins today.

CASH nutritionist Carrie Bolt said: ‘We would urge people to look carefully at the labelling to help make sure that they are buying lower-salt products wherever they can.

‘Confusingly, many of these products give only the sodium levels on pack. These need to be multiplied by 2.5 to get the salt levels.’

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