Bread as salty as crisps
Check out our product guide to bread
Bread is the single biggest contributor to salt in our diet, our recent product guide to bread reveals. In our survey, six of the top ten best selling wholemeal breads had as much salt in a single slice as a bag of crisps.*
The Department of Health set a voluntary target for bakers to reduce their levels of salt to a maximum of 1g per 100g by 2012. Most packaged bread now meets that target but that still means that a toddler would have all of its recommended daily salt intake with just 4 average slices of bread. And that's before any toppings or sandwich fillings are added.
Two packaged wholemeal loaves in our survey, Roberts and Braces, exceeded the voluntary level.
On 12th March 2013, the Deopartment of Health announced that it will revise the 2012 salt targets by the end of the year.
A Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) survey in 2011 found that in-store or high street chain bakeries' bread often had higher levels of slat than packaged bread. You can't tell how much salt they contain because they don't have to have nutritional labelling.
It's Salt Awareness Week this week, so check out our guide and see what our Best Buy recommendations are.
* 32.5g bag of Walkers ready salted crisps = 0.5g
Single slice of bread = 50g
Single slice of Warburtons, Kingsmill, Roberts, Braces WeightWatchers and Allinson wholemeal packaged loaves was equal to or exceeded this amount.