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?