Bread, meat and cereals contribute most to salt intake
Breakfast is the saltiest meal of the day for many Britons, the Food Standards Agency has warned.
A survey for the government’s food watchdog found three quarters of consumers are unaware that bread, meat and cereals contribute most to their salt intake. It also found Britons still consume an average of 2.6g more than the recommended daily limit of 6g and that almost one third are not worried about how much salt they eat.
Only 13 per cent correctly identified bread as the main source of salt in their diet and a similar number knew breakfast cereals were ranked third. Meat products, including sausages and bacon, are the second-highest contributors.
‘For many people it means breakfast is the saltiest meal they will have all day and they are not even aware of that,’ said a spokeswoman for the FSA. Launching a new television advertising campaign today, the FSA said it was important to realise that the foods which contribute the most salt are not necessarily the saltiest, but the ones eaten most often.
Rosemary Hignett, the FSA’s head of nutrition, said: ‘We’re not suggesting people stop eating or even cut down on bread or breakfast cereals, as they are important part of a healthy diet. But we are saying take a look at the labels to find one that is lower in salt.’
Eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing heart disease or stroke.