When it comes to salads, people always think that their nutritional value is higher. Having said that, don’t think that salad is an absolutely healthy food. According to the British “Daily Mail” report, some salads are even more salty than burgers. A recent study shows that the hidden salt in the salad will cause people to inadvertently consume almost the same amount of salt as a day’s intake.
The study, sponsored by the Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), surveyed 650 salads in supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, and fast food restaurants. Surprisingly, more than three-quarters of the salads contain more salt than salted chips. For example, the crispy chicken bacon salad of “McDonald’s” has higher salt content, fat and calories than tomato ketchup. The data showed that the hamburger contained only 1.2 grams of salt, 8 grams of fat and 250 calories compared to 1.3 grams of salt, 19 grams of fat and 380 calories in the salad.
Among all the restaurants surveyed, the oversized chicken Caesar salad provided by Pizza Real has the highest salt content of 5.3 grams, which is equivalent to the sum of the salt content of the two McDonald’s burgers. This also far exceeds the average daily intake of children. For children, the maximum daily salt intake varies from 2 to 6 grams depending on the age.
CASH nutritionist Sonia Pombo said that when it comes to salads, people always imagine a bowl of healthy fresh vegetables and fruits, but this is not the case. Although the salad itself is nutritious, food manufacturers are constantly adding unnecessary salt.
However, for the study, a McDonald’s spokesperson stressed that the salt content of crispy chicken bacon salad is only a quarter of the daily demand, within reasonable limits. The “Pizza Novo” restaurant said they also offer low-salt salads, and only two of the eight salads listed in the menu contain higher amounts of salt.