Salt shocker

Over three quarters of people (77%) are not aware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the top salt-contributing foods in our diet, according to a new Food Standards Agency survey.

The top three salt-contributing foods are bread, followed by meat products, then breakfast cereals.

When asked to pick the top three from a list of the 10 foods that contribute the most salt to our diets, only 13% of people mentioned bread, and 12% said breakfast cereals.

The Food Standards Agency’s new advertising campaign is urging people to pay closer attention to the salt levels in the foods they are buying.

The survey also found that many people (40%) believe the supermarket value ranges are higher in salt than other ranges. However, this isn’t necessarily the case and sometimes the cheapest are among the lowest in salt. In addition, supermarket own-label versions of some foods, including bread, are often lower in salt than the branded versions.

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