Quite possibly so, yes

Got to make the stuff taste of something, no?

Four out of five “healthy sounding” plant-based meals served by major UK restaurant chains would attract a red traffic light label for their high levels of salt, according to research that claims many dishes are hidden under a “vegan health halo”.

Action on Salt found that three out of five plant-based restaurant meals surveyed contained 3g or more of salt, half of an adult’s maximum daily recommended intake. Nineteen meals contained 6g or more.

The survey, believed to be the largest of its kind in the burgeoning vegan sector, analysed 290 curries, pizzas and other dishes offered at 45 restaurant, takeaway, fast food and coffee chains in the UK.

Animal fats rather do that, impart some flavour. In their absence something else is added.

And?

23 thoughts on “Quite possibly so, yes”

  1. I always wonder about the real meaning of “plant-based” when I see it in a description of some vegan offering. They never specify which plants. Perhaps they mean a coal plant. The other disconcerting thing is that habitual consumers of these plant-based substances become obese. That itself suggests that something untoward is happening in the processing of these products

  2. Diogenes
    IIRC vegans and raw food freaks don’t get obese, but their bellies swell and they have to eat vast quantities to get the same nutritional value as a meat based diet would give.
    So losing all round.

  3. I am probably not the ideal commenter as I like the taste of veggies pretty much as they come. I would only offer this observation though, if vegan food is so much better why do they spend all their time trying to make it look like ersatz meat? No-one, bar Heston Blumenthal possibly, takes bacon and tries to make it look like a carrot or tried to make chicken look like a cauliflower. Nobody has ever described chicken as the “mushroom of the birds”.

  4. Roman soldiers did not, as the myth says, receive part of their pay in ‘salt’.

    ‘Salt’ was slang for money in the same way as ‘bread’ is used today. A roman soldier receiving his ‘salt’ was receiving money.

    Just thought I’d clear that up.

  5. IIRC vegans and raw food freaks don’t get obese

    Your run of the mill vegetablists do though. Especially if they fall for the “I don’t eat meat so this family-sized dairy milk is ok”fallacy.

    if vegan food is so much better why do they spend all their time trying to make it look like ersatz meat?

    Excellent point. They’re trying to recreate meat, because even the lowest grade minced meat products taste a zillion times better than their usual sludge.

    The only vegetarian food worth eating is Indian vegetarian. They don’t seem to need ersatz burgers to create tasty food.

  6. Our taste buds have evolved to favour salt, savoury and sweet so the miserablists who wish to control our lives want to ban anything that has these flavours. (Salt, Fat and Sugar). Then the food industry has to fake these flavours in order to get us to eat their offerings.

    Here’s a plan. FFS let us choose our own bloody food and eat as much of the forbidden stuff as WE want.

    Incidentally, vegetables have evolved all sorts of molecules with nasty (and poisonous), flavours to protect their leaves and fruit from anything that might eat them. Now we may have evolved ways to process these noxious things but all in all I feel it’s better to let our cattle process them for us, then eat the delicious meat thus produced.

  7. There are some nice vegetable dishes. Gratin dauphinois, cauliflower cheese gratin, creamed spinach come to mind. Onion and carrot go very well in beef bourguignon. Rice goes very well in jambalaya.

  8. The Meissen Bison

    Kevin B: Incidentally, vegetables have evolved all sorts of molecules with nasty (and poisonous), flavours to protect their leaves and fruit from anything that might eat them.

    I’m not sure that holds good for types of fruit that humans enjoy eating. Generally humans play a useful role in propagating the plants whose fruits they eat whether it be by spitting out the pips or by having the seeds pass through them and emerging in the normal way as with tomatoes.

  9. Action on Salt is a neo-puritan mongerer of deeply unreliable, aka, false ‘facts’.

    For the vast majority of people, eating a higher level of salt will have the sole effect of making them thirstier than otherwise, cured by drinking a glass of water, tea, coffee, or whatever else they fancy. On the plus side, they have enjoyed whatever salty comestible they consumed, with no ill effects.

  10. “Action on Salt found that three out of five plant-based restaurant meals surveyed contained 3g or more of salt, half of an adult’s maximum daily recommended intake. Nineteen meals contained 6g or more.”

    Recommended by whom? Oh yes a government funded fake charity full of single issue obsessed anti salt zealots. A nice unbiased source of information then.

  11. The survey, … analysed 290 curries, pizzas and other dishes offered at 45 restaurant, takeaway, fast food and coffee chains in the UK.

    Note that they never survey non-chain restaurants. They would find many of them much worse. I’ve eaten a meal at a Michelin starred restaurant that would blow every single one of their measures of “bad” — the foie gras being almost pure fat for a start, the cheese was incredibly salty and the dessert almost pure sugar.

    But they are not interested in what the rich eat, only what the proles eat.

  12. U.S. food companies have cut back salt in their products due to the nannies.

    I’d wager that for the vast majority of people, eating a higher level of salt will have the sole effect of making them HEALTHIER. I don’t think people are getting enough, now.

    Thanks, government.

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