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Which contains more salt – nine bags of crisps or a hearty bowl of soup?

23/3/11  www.dailymail.co.uk

By ANGELA DOWDEN

Offer any health-conscious person a mountain of crisps for supper and their reaction would be one of horror.

However, many families are unwittingly sitting down to meals with more salt in them than 11 bags of ready salted crisps.

Last week, new research revealed that many of our ready-meal staples contain as much as a teaspoon of salt — the recommended amount for an entire day’s consumption.

Even so-called ‘healthy’ supermarket options can be loaded with it.

Here, ANGELA DOWDEN examines the salt content of some favourites and compares their levels to those of a standard 34.5g bag of Walkers ready salted crisps, which contains 0.5g of salt.

SALADS AND SOUP

Soup

New Covent Garden Plum Tomato  and Basil Soup, 600g, £2
Per 300g serving: 0.9g salt, 132 cals, 0.9g saturated fat, 14.7g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 2

Pret Classic Tomato Soup, 370g, £2.99
Per pot: 4.5g salt, 259 cals, 5.2g saturated fat, 12.9g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 9

M&S Super Wholefood Shaker Salad, 230g, £2.25
Per pot: 0.88g salt, 390  cals, 3.5g saturated fat, 6.7g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 1.75

Asda Caesar Salad Kit, 215g, £1.50
Per bag: 0.4g salt, 368 cals, 5.6g saturated fat, 4.6g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 1

PIZZA

Pizza

M&S ‘The American’ (Pepperoni) Pizza, 395g,  £2.99
Per pizza: 5.46g salt, 1,050 cals, 17g saturated fat , 17.8g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 11

Pizza Express 8in Sloppy Giuseppe, 305g, £3.99
Per pizza: 3.4g salt, 612 cals, 9.2g saturated fat, 10.2g sugars
CRISP PACKETS  = 7

Dr Oetker Ristorante Pizza Mozzarella (frozen), 335g, £2.58
Per pizza: 4g salt, 882 cals, 15.8g saturated fat, 6g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 8

Waitrose Stonebaked Three Cheese Pizza (frozen) 360g, £1.93
Per pizza: 2.65g salt, 746 cals, 18.8g saturated fats, 24.8g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 7

RICE DISHES

M&S Lovely Vegetables Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Risotto,  380g, £3.99
Per pack: 1.7g salt, 530 cals, 5.7g saturated fat, 13.3g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 3.5

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Paella, 400g, £3
Per pack: 2.2g salt, 541 cals, 4.1g saturated fat, 14.5g sugars
CRISP PACKETS =  4.5

Waitrose Mushroom Risotto, 400g, £2.39
Per pack: 1.4g salt, 440 cals, 2.3g saturated fat, 4.4g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 3

Asda Extra Special Paella,  450g, £3.27
Per pack: 2.4g salt, 698 cals, 5.5g saturated fat, 5.2g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 5

VEGETARIAN DISHES

Innocent Moroccan Squash Veg Pot, 380g, £3.48
Per pot: 0.75g salt, 300 cals, 0.76g saturated fat, 11g  sugars
CRISP PACKETS= 1.5

M&S Lovely Vegetables,  Feta and Falafel Snackpot, 295g, £2.49
Per pot: 1.8g salt, 270 cals, 3.9g saturated fat, 7.2g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 3.5

Tesco Aromatic Sweetcorn Laksa Veggie Pot 395g, £3
Per pot: 1.2g salt, 330 cals, 5g saturated fat, 12g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 2.5

Easy Bean New Mexican Chilli (from Waitrose) 320g, £2.96
Per pot: 0.75g, 228 cals, 0.6g saturated fat, 21.8g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 1.5

SANDWICHES

M&S The Ultimate Crayfish and Rocket Sandwich, 275g, £3.50
Per sandwich: 1.85g salt, 465 cals, 4.9g saturated fat, 2.7g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 3.5

Tesco Finest Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil, 220g, £2.30
Per sandwich: 2.2g salt, 465 cals, 8.9g saturated fat, 6.2g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 4.5

Pret Classic Ham And Eggs Bloomer, 225g £2.99
Per sandwich: 3.4g salt, 550 cals, 9.5g saturated fat, 1.8g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 7

PASTA DISHES

Lasagne

Tesco Beef Lasagne, 400g, £1
Per pack: 2.5g salt, 542 cals, 15g saturated fat, 8g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 5

Sainsbury’s Bacon and Leek Penne Pasta Bake, 400g, £2.10
Per pack: 2.1g salt, 602 cals, 15.9g saturated fat, 7.1g sugars
CRISP PACKETS =  4

Morrisons Lasagne, 400g, £1.99
Per pack: 2.5g salt, 542 cals, 13.2g saturated fat, 8.8g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 5

Co-operative Totally Irresistible Lasagne, 400g, £3.29
Per pack: 2.4g salt, 555 cals, 14.7g saturated fat, 4.4g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 5

CHICKEN/FISH
Marks&Spencer Chicken Kiev, 320g, £3.49
Per kiev: 1.68g salt, 390 cals, 12.5g saturated fat, 7g sugars
CRISP PACKETS =  3.5

Asda Fresh Tastes Chicken Kievs, 278g, £3.30
Per kiev: 0.4g salt, 314 cals, 9.3g saturated fat, 0.4g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 1

Sainsbury’s Fish Pie, 450g, £2.10
Per pie: 1.91g salt, 511 cals, 9.4g  saturates, 1.7g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 4

Co-op Healthier Choice Fish Pie, 400g, £2.30
Per pack: 2.1g salt, 290 cals, 4.4g saturated fat, 3.6g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 4

CHINESE

Morrisons Chinese Style meal for 2, 1.3kg, £6.69
Per half box: 3.8g salt, 962 cals, 8.7g saturated fat, 31.3g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 8

Asda Fresh Tastes Chicken Chow Mein, 400g, £2.50
Per pack: 1.3g salt, 312 cals, 0.8g saturated fat, 13.2g sugars
CRISP PACKETS =  3

M&S Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice, 400g, £2.99
Per pack: 0.9g salt, 520 cals, 0.8g saturated fat, 33.6g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 2

Tesco Takeaway Chicken and Black Bean, 400g, £3.15
Per pack: 4.6g salt, 430 cals, 2.4g saturated fat, 14.4g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 9

CURRY

Curry

Co-op Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice, 400g, £2.30
Per pack: 1.6g salt, 525 cals, 5.3g saturated fat, 6g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 3

Levi Roots Jamaican Coconut Chicken Curry,  450g, £2.50
Per pack: 2.7g salt, 630 cals, 18g saturated fat, 5g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 5.5

Asda Extra Special Thai Green Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice, 400g, £3.12
Per pack: 3.3g salt, 668 cals, 14.3g saturated fat, 9.6g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 6.5

Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and Pilau Rice, 550g, £3.20
Per pack: 3.5g salt, 870 cals, 13g saturated fat, 20g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 7

PIE/BANGERS AND MASH

Waitrose Steak, Mushroom and Red Wine Pie (540g, £3.49) with Waitrose Fresh Mashed Potato (450g, £1.49)
Per half pack servings: 3.8g salt, 882 cals, 21.7g saturated fat, 3.1g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 8

Marks&Spencer Outdoor  Bred British Pork Sausgaes  (400g, £2.69) with M&S Maris Piper Mashed Potato  (400g, £1.29)
Per half pack servings: 3.8g salt, 705 cals, 20.9g saturated fat, 2.3g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 7.5

Tesco Sausage and Mash, 450g, £2
Per half pack: 2.6g salt, 515 cals, 10g saturated fat , 1g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 5

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference British Pork and Fresh Herb Sausages (400g, £2.79) with Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Maris Piper Mash (450g, £2)
Per half pack servings: 3.5g salt, 698 cals, 23.6g saturated fat,  2.4g sugars
CRISP PACKETS = 7

Comments:

OK folks here are the facts. Ordinary table salt is processed and is really sodium chloride. Commercial salt is refined by drying at a heat in excess of 1,000 degrees which destroys beneficial substances in salt. This heat also causes chemical distortions that turn salt into sodium chloride, a substance that does no good in the body. Table salt is full of additives, fluoride, anti-caking agents, excessive amounts of potassium iodide and other poisons. Commercial salt also contain aluminum derivatives, which are known to be highly toxic. These additives can cause discoloration in salt, so bleaching agents are then used to restore the desirable white color. It`s no wonder refined commercial salt is causing so many health problems!! Replace table salt with natural sea salt, celtic sea salt, organic sea salt and this will be beneficial to the body, as you will also be getting magnesium, potassium and other vital and essential minerals which our bodies need. As Meerkat says – “Simples!!”

– Rupert, Hemel Hempstead, 23/3/2011 11:33

 

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