British survey finds salads high in salt

July 19, 2005 at 6:37 PM
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LONDON, July 19 (UPI) -- A British consumer group called on restaurants to disclose the amount of salt in pre-packaged salads, saying they often have more salt than fast-food fare.

The Consensus Action on Salt and Health, or CASH, survey of 81 pre-packaged salads found only two that were in the healthy category of having less than one-half gram of salt.

"I don't understand how manufacturers can justify selling salads that contain over half, or in some cases all, of our daily recommended limit of salt in a single serving," CASH Chairman Graham MacGregor told the London Daily Mail.

"No way can these salads be described as a healthy option," MacGregor said. "One-fifth of them contain the same or more salt than a Big Mac and fries."

The saltiest offerings were McDonald's crispy chicken and crispy chicken ranch salads with low-fat dressings.

The least salty was Burger King's L.A. garden salad with 0.08 grams of salt, the British consumer group said.

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