Savory picnic foods, including vegetarian and vegan products, conceal ‘dangerous levels of salt’. A nationwide survey from Action on Salt analyzed 555 savory picnic finger foods available from UK retailers to reveal what it called worrying levels of salt. The food content of a ‘typical’ picnic basket could contain more than 5g of salt. It said that while vegetarian products were lower in saturated fat, “their health halo is concealing lots of salt”. The survey revealed that some vegan products were saltier than their meat-containing equivalents. Meat alternatives are still processed foods with added salt, which can damage your health. The food industry has ensured greater availability of meat-free alternatives, but now they must do more to ensure that meat free alternatives contain far less salt – at least lower than their meat equivalents.
Lightbulb Moment: Don’t think you are safe because this was an attack in the UK. Companies in the USA need to heed this warning and stop creating plant-based products that mimic meat which match the salt and fat levels of the meat product. I hope it is not a goal to create products just to prove you can, without actually having any benefit. Bonus – many products are not complete proteins, are more processed, and equally unhealthy … yah, congrats, (slow hand clap). Want to know more about how this impacts your business? That’s where Culinary Tides, Inc. comes in.