So, it’s not the sausages then

The humble sausage sandwich could contain nearly two-thirds of an adult’s maximum daily recommended intake of salt – more than a McDonald’s double cheeseburger and large fries, a health group has warned.

Yes, of course these are the argle bargle targets which don’t mean anything anyway.

The survey found that the average salt content of sausages was 1.3g per 100g, or 1.16g per typical portion of two sausages – a figure that has remained relatively unchanged since 2011, exceeding the salt reduction targets in place at that time. The maximum daily recommended intake for an adult is 6g.

The saltiest sausages were Iceland’s Jumbo Pork range, at 1.28g each, but that went up to 3.78g including the ingredients for a sandwich, compared with 3.22g for a McDonald’s double cheeseburger and large fries.

Ah. There’s salt in bread, isn’t there? It’s not the damn sausages in the first place.

And I’m sorry, but really, that’s what they’ve done. A sausage sandwich (two sausages per serving) has in the sausages one sixth to one third of the daily recommended salt allowance.

BTW, who is it that tells us about salt in bread? Err, yes, the same people talking about these sausage sandwiches.

19 thoughts on “So, it’s not the sausages then”

  1. A sausage sandwich (two sausages per serving) has in the sausages one sixth to one third of the daily recommended salt allowance.

    Hmm. The rda for sodium seems to be about 1.5g (so about 4g of salt) – not that the NHS will tell you easily, whereas they trumpet the maximum 6g for salt.

    So one of your meals a day has about your RDA of salt and about half of the maximum recommended intake.

    It’s all getting a bit tight on the difference between necessary and “omg will kill you instantly”. On the other hand, the lowest reported lethal dose for a human is about 50g. Which is quite a lot of sausages.

  2. HTF do you arrive at a RDA for salt? The amount of salt you need to ingest depends on the amount of salt your body’s excreting. That can be an enormous variable. Depending on environmental temperature & sort of activity undertaken. A guy doing heavy manual work on a hot day sweats out salt by the kilo. Penpushers in airconditioned offices,, hardly any.. Surplus salt your kidneys flush out through your piss, providing your hydration’s adequate. If you’ve ever had salt deficiency symptoms, you’ll know how nasty they can be.
    Talking about RDA’s on salt sound like a fairly good way of killing people.

  3. From the CASH website:

    Myth: I need more salt because I exercise a lot and ‘sweat it out’
    Truth: You only lose a small amount of salt in sweat, and as we all eat more than we need, most people won’t need to take on any extra. Remember to keep hydrated.

    This is crap – I know from cycling on a hot day that your clothes have lots of dried white salt on them from the sweat.

    Other question they don’t directly answer is why is a lot of salt bad for you? They mention high blood pressure but don’t give a reason.

    The reason listed here is excess water in your blood raises your blood pressure.

    An effective counter to this would be to drink more alcohol which, as a diuretic, will reduce the water in your body 😎

  4. ‘Research by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) has revealed “shocking and excessively high” amounts of salt in well-known brands of the British banger’

    I don’t get my medical advise from Consensus Action on Salt and Health. Obviously campaigners for a non-cause. Sure to go in the first round of the Ecksian Purge.

  5. Sure to go in the first round of the Ecksian Purge.

    So…first up against the wall when the revolution comes, much like the the marketing division of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation…

  6. “The tastiest sausages were Tesco’s Finest British Pork at 1.5g each. This reduces to 1.3g each if choosing the Cumberland or Bramley variant”

    Oh sorry, that’s from Which? taste testing results, not from AsSALT on Joy.


    These are the people who interchangeably use the s in cash to be either salt or sugar. They’re scientifically and medically illiterate, but world class at mounting bandwagons and subsidy farming. Unfortunately they’re listened to, and lots of food has been re-formulated to appease these nutjobs. Coco Pops being the latest casualty, as Kellogs have caved in to the threats to change the formula.

  8. I understand that there are a few people who should be leery about eating too much salt. For almost all of us, though, eat what you enjoy; the excess will be excreted one way or another.

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    In a just world, everyone working for CASH would be given a half-hour headstart and then hunted down with dogs and shot in a ditch.

  10. dearjeme has it, the physiological response to sodium intake is not uniform across the population, if you have hypertension then it may be helpful to reduce salt intake, if you don’t then there may be little benefit of such action.

    What CASH are in effect doing is agitating for compulsory medical treatment of the general population which is deeply unethical. Furthermore if you review the literature on salt intake you will find a startling lack of double blind trials, the sort I would expect when making the kind of medical claims that CASH do.

  11. Fair enough, Noel C, but doing double blind trials on salt (or many other foodstuffs) must be tricky. How would the subject not know whether he’s eating salted food?

  12. Don’t see the problem with manufacturers reducing salt in their products. If you feel that your food needs to be more salty, you can add as much as you like.

  13. Many years ago I worked at a Derbyshire Stilton factory. They tried a reduced salt recipe for the white stilton as well as the blue. Both recipes failed miserably -in both the white and the blue, the cheese went brown after just a few days. The salt is crucial to the forming of the crust on the outside of the truckle keeping the cheese fresh. Reduce the salt and the crust takes longer to form and the cheese goes off.

  14. Salt is bad for you is a meme which has escaped into the culture on the slenderest evidence. Salt is bad for you if you have kidney disease which affects your ability to clear the excess. Hyponatraemia (low blood sodium) can kill you fairly quickly. High sodium intake averaged over a population might raise your blood pressure by a single percentage point but low sodium intake will increase your heart rate and insulin response, both unequivocally bad news. Salt is just another stick the prodnoses use to beat the populace.

  15. My favourite warning label on a bottle of beer runs along the lines of: “This bottle contains 3.7 units of alcohol. The maximum daily recommended intake for a man is 3 units and for a woman, 2. However, these numbers are made up and you are an adult”

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