High levels of salt have been found in biscuits in local supermarkets in the UK following a survey carried out by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).
Each UK household buys around 103 packets of biscuits a year
Data revealed that one 16g Cadbury’s Digestive biscuit contained more salt than a Sainsbury’s chicken nugget, one fish finger and a 20g portion of Butterkist Salted Popcorn.
Other biscuits found to be high in salt included Asda chocolate digestives and cookies, McVitie’s gingerbread men and Hobnobs and Sainsbury’s ginger cookies. As a result more than 110 biscuits were found to be more salty than Butterkist Salted Popcorn.
Sonia Pombo, CASH Nutritionist, said: “Many people will be very surprised to hear that so much salt is added to sweet biscuits.
“This is in the form of either added salt (sodium chloride) or sodium bicarbonate. Both of these are largely unnecessary in biscuits.”
The research investigated the salt content of 479 biscuits from major supermarket chains and concluded that having sweet biscuits could be adding more salt to our diets.
Children are likely to be most at risk as it is estimated by the UK’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2011 found young people eat as many as 46 packets of biscuits a year.
Under-threes have a recommended daily intake of salt that is just 2g compared to a daily allowance of 6g for adults.
Many understand some biscuits have a high sugar content which can lead to diabetes or obesity but many may be unaware of the levels of salt which can put people, especially children, at risk of developing high blood pressure.
A high intake of salt can also lead to abnormal heart development, kidney disorders and hormone imbalance.
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