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' Healthy' food claims

misleading

Researchers at Action on Salt

are calling for a restriction

on the use of misleading

nutrition claims following

new data, which reveals that some

seemingly 'healthy' snacks are saltier

than the concentration of seawater

and could be sabotaging our health.

In an analysis of 118 snacks,

including dried/roasted pulses and

processed pulse snacks (lentil curls,

chickpea chips and puffs), which

are often perceived as 'healthy

alternatives' to the usual snacking

options, such as crisps and flavoured

nuts, the findings raise concerns

among experts.

While these products are on

average lower in fat, saturated fat

and calories, and higher in fibre

compared to standard crisps and

flavoured nuts, over one in three

(43%) are also high in salt (more than

1.5g/100g) - a forgotten ingredient

that raises blood pressure, increasing

the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

The saltiest product surveyed is

Eat Real Hummus Chilli & Lemon

Flavoured Chips with 3.6g/100g salt,

and over 1g salt in a single suggested

serve (28g) - more salt than two bags

of McDonald's small French fries.

Among dried/roasted pulses,

corn style snacks were, on average,

the saltiest at 1.85g/100g and more

salt than salted peanuts. The saltiest

dried pulse snacks surveyed are Love

Corn Salt & Vinegar and Love Corn

Habanero Chilli, with 2.8g/100g

salt - saltier than the concentration

of seawater. Just one 45g serving

of either of these snacks (1.3g salt)

would provide over a fifth of our

maximum daily salt intake and more

salt than three-and-a-half bags of

Walkers Ready Salted crisps.

Avoiding guidance

Despite more than half (55%) of the

products surveyed being high in

fat, salt and/or sugar (HFSS), most

products do not display colour-coded

nutrition information on the front of

the pack as per government guidance.

Instead, most products feature

on-pack nutrition claims, which,

while legal, mislead consumers

by creating a distorted 'health

halo' and discouraging shoppers

from scrutinising the ingredients

more thoroughly.

As many as 81% of snacks surveyed

include a nutrient-based claim on

the pack (e.g. 'x kcal per serving'

'Less fat', 'No added sugar', 'Source/

High in fibre/protein'), and almost all

(95%) include claims such as 'Gluten

free', 'Vegan', 'All natural' and 'No

artificial preservatives'. One in three

snacks surveyed also specify the use

of sea salt, which is often perceived

as healthier than standard salt, but

in fact, research has shown all salts

contain the same sodium levels.

What's more, the Government

recently announced plans to restrict

the promotion of some unhealthy

food (i.e. only foods which fall

under the current sugar and calorie

reduction programmes), yet it is not

clear whether these snacks will be

included in the programme - even

though half (55%) of these seemingly

healthier products are HFSS. To

ensure salt levels are reduced across

all products, including so-called'

healthy' snacks, Action on Salt urges

ministers to announce Public Health

England's successor to take on their

vital salt reduction work.

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