While we’re at it, can we deal with these people too?

Britain’s most popular cafe chains are serving sandwiches and pastries containing high levels of salt, despite promoting a natural and healthy image for their customers.

An analysis by the Telegraph has found that many of the sandwiches and paninis sold by Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa contain high proportions of the maximum daily salt levels recommended by health experts.

One Starbucks panini alone contained 3.1g of salt, more than half the maximum daily recommended amount for adults, while a panini in Caffe Nero has 3.2g of salt.

The usual suspects comment:

Health campaigners said many customers would be shocked by the findings and called for more to be done, by both retailers and government, to reduce the level of potentially harmful ingredients in cafe foods.

Sonia Pombo, nutritionist and campaign manager for CASH said: “It’s shocking to see reputable coffee shop chains such as Costa Coffee, Café Nero and Starbucks, which portray a healthy lifestyle image, selling these products so high in salt.”

CASH, which is organising Salt Awareness Week, is calling on both food manufacturers and restaurants and cafes to meet stricter salt targets in the fight to save lives.
Ms Pombo added: “The food we eat is now the biggest cause of death and ill health in the UK, owing to the large amounts of salt, saturated fat and sugars added by the food industry.
“High blood pressure and obesity both lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attacks and heart failure, which are the commonest causes of death and disability in the UK.”

And now consider what they’re actually complaining about. Bread requires salt to rise, cheese and ham to cure. So, a ham and cheese sandwich made from 100 g each of bread, cheese and ham, will contain…erm, about 2.5 g of salt.

So, can we burn them too? Sell them into bondage?

34 comments on “While we’re at it, can we deal with these people too?

  1. Like Julia, define bad levels of salt.

    Excess salt is not used by the human body. It’s only a problem to those who already have health problems. So don’t punish everyone just because a few people might have problems.

  2. The food we eat is now the biggest cause of death and ill health in the UK, owing to the large amounts of salt, saturated fat and sugars added by the food industry.

    The food industry adds salt, etc. to food? Presumably the food industry finds unsalted food just lying about and spitefully adds salt to it.

  3. One Starbucks panini alone contained 3.1g of salt, more than half the maximum daily recommended amount for adults, while a panini in Caffe Nero has 3.2g of salt.

    Eh? Presumably Starbucks thinks providing half of what is recommended is a good thing. In SJW world, it is a bad thing.

  4. This tripe will stop only when stopped.

    It was our own dear Mr EU Cast-Iron Phig-Fooke who promised a bonfire of quangos and 3rd sector pricks.

    What shame that he is a lying scumbag and traitor.

  5. Julia,

    Probably the same people who, last week, were surprised that a cappu-mocha chino with extra syrup from Sttarbucks contains sugar

  6. Bread requires salt to rise

    I’m not sure that’s right though it might depend on how you define “salt”.

  7. Malhotra believes exercise has no impact on excess weight. McGregor believes God talks to him. The cranks are now mainstream. Now anything is possible.

  8. Bread requires salt to rise

    I thought bread requires salt to stop it rising too much – the salt kills the yeast.

  9. “The food we eat is now the biggest cause of death and ill health in the UK”

    As opposed to the food we don’t eat?
    Also- how many days/weeks/years does a varied diet (containing a few of these high sugar/salt/fat snacks) knock off the average person? I mean, a fat diabetic with heart problems should probably avoid this stuff, but what about me? I’m 39, have a 34″ waist and eat well. Is there a detectable impact on my health? Being 6’7″ I suspect the height of an average doorway is a greater risk to my health, but where’s my campaign?

  10. “The food we eat is now the biggest cause of death and ill health in the UK”

    I think they secretly believe they immortal. They genuinely don’t believe they will die if they eat “the right things”, don’t drink, don’t smoke and don’t take risks.

    In reality, they have a coin toss on a couple of extra years, when they are 80. Wow, some investment.

  11. Note that it’s “cafe chains”. One can only presume that single cafes promote only healthy food.

    One wouldn’t want to imagine that this is yet another anti-capitalist wankmongering campaign against Stuff Progressives Don’t Like.

  12. “Health campaigners said many customers would be shocked by the findings…”

    That’s because the many, for any definition of many, have been conditioned, like Pavlov’s Dog, to react that way by the State and its agents in the Guardian, BBC and education system.

  13. @John square

    “Being 6’7″ I suspect the height of an average doorway is a greater risk to my health, but where’s my campaign?”

    Action On Lintels… it’s only a matter of time.

  14. From the CASH web-site in 2012: “It was announced that UK population average salt intakes have fallen further from 8.6g/day to 8.1g/day. This is now the lowest salt intake of any developed country in the world”

    Time for a celebratory cheese and wine.

  15. Umm nope. yeast requires salt to bud and make more yeast, so you need to add it to the flour (which is almost exclusively starch and protein, with a cellulose fraction for whole flour) .
    You can get bread to rise without it, but it takes a lot longer, and you get nowhere near the same results.
    The bread would also taste like nothing much if you left out the salt, even the 100-seeds-and-nuts hippie varieties.

    Besides.. our kidneys are *very good* at tossing out salt. So good, in fact, that quite a bit of energy is expended towards bringing it back into your body according to some pretty refined regulatory systems.
    Unless, of course, you deliberately adapt a low-protein diet, like y’know, strict vegetarian or vegan. There’s only so much protein your body can rob itself of to create enough urea for your kidneys to function properly.

  16. Bloke in Wales is correct. Salt retards yeast growth. There’s a pretty good explanation of salt’s role in leavened doughs here.

  17. If bakers think salt makes bread work, I don’t frankly care how it does it. Leave it to the bakering experts.

  18. “This is now the lowest salt intake of any developed country in the world”

    And yet the hysteria continues.

    There is no level of ‘recommended’ salt intake which will satisfy these people, except perhaps zero. Once it reaches there the hysteria train will grind to a halt.

    Then it will be Action on Water.

  19. I just wish the DHMO website didn’t look like it dates to 2000. I also wish I could find the piece Mike Royko did on a company that felt it had to create a safety sheet on water to satisfy US OSHA regulations.

    (Ack! The DHMO Store uses Comic Sans!)

  20. Try making scrambled eggs without salt. You need it to denature the proteins and stop all the liquid running out so you get grey lumps of rubber swimming in pale yellow liquid.

    I’m with Ecks and Ian B on this one. These people should be cast into the brazen bull while we all dance round eating a Caffe Nero panini.

  21. ‘Scandal of high salt levels in sandwiches at Britain’s coffee shops’

    Scandal?

    Another horrible First World Problem.

  22. Both the multiperson fallows and the introduction of extraordinary rendition to ISIS territory seem to be taking an inordinate time to organise

  23. Is it worth pointing out that there is next to no good science suggesting that a higher salt intake is bad for you?

    So what if they do? Salt improves the favour.

  24. When in doubt, ignore the science.

    If not in doubt, the science doesn’t count.

    Oh, dear.

    As I’ve said before, a wearying (to my readers) number of times – it’s hard to find good publishable material, so they publish shit.

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