New research shows levels of salt in Valentine's Day meals could be the equivalent of 15 bags of crisps in one sitting.
Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) looked at 95 products from the five supermarkets participating in Valentine’s Day offers, including ready meals, pizzas and 'dine in for two' deals.
Three of the major supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencers, all had meal combinations available totalling over six grams salt, more than the adult’s maximum recommended salt intake for a whole day.
The highest main meal available was a Tesco’s Finest Restaurant Collection Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Roasted Vegetables with a whopping 4.3g salt per portion.
Combined with their side dish of Roasted Potatoes with Bacon and Garlic (1.6g salt per portion), dessert of two Bramley Apple Tarts (0.4g salt per portion), the meal contains 6.3g of salt.
In contrast, a combination from Marks & Spencers contained only 1.04g of salt. Orkney Crab minis (0.38g), followed by sirlion steaks (0.51g), garlic mushrooms (0.15g) and chocolate and raspberry Valentine's (trace) got the thumbs-up, salt wise, although this meal is still very high in calories.
Low salt recipe ideas are available on the CASH website.
“Too much salt raises our blood pressure, putting unnecessary strain on our hearts, leading to strokes and heart attacks,” said Professor Graham MacGregor, of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and Chairman of CASH. “We should all be aiming for less that 6g salt a day, which is hard while the food industry is still filling our food with salt.”