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Saffron Alexander
Many foods are failing to meet 2017 salt reduction targets according to CASH - Alamy

According to new research, a cup of hot chocolate could potentially contain 16 times more salt than is recommended by government guidelines.

A study by campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has revealed that only one out of 28 food categories are on track to meet Public Health England's (PHE) 2017 salt reduction targets.

Experts from CASH compared two shopping baskets filled with equivalent every day food but with differing amounts of salt. They found the difference between the two baskets was 57g worth of salt, equal to 11 teaspoons.

Salt is the forgotten killer...and we are shocked to see that many food manufacturers and retailers are still failing to meet the salt reduction targets

Katharine Jenner

The research was carried out using the FoodSwitch UK app, which allowed researchers to scan barcodes and retrieve nutritional information.

They found the Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate contains 2.5g of salt per 100g – that's 16 times more salt than the 0.15g per 100g maximum salt target for dried beverages. 

According to CASH, the only food group currently on track to meet 2017 salt reduction targets are bread rolls, with both foods tested meeting the 0.9g per 100g target.

Under current government recommendations, consumers are told to eat no more than 6g of salt a day – but do you know how much salt the products in your shopping basket contain? Mark Salt Awareness Week 2017 by taking our quiz below to find...

 

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