Undeserved Criticism of Plant-Based Products about Their High Salt Content
The popularity of meat substitutes is growing by the day. But studies have shown that they contain excess salt.
Unfortunately, more than half of the meat alternatives studied did not meet current standards for salt content.
That said, the plant-based options boasted better nutritional scores than their animal counterparts. But the salt content still needs to be reduced.
Non-meat producers have something to strive for, but they are nonetheless more conducive to consumption.
Salt in Vegan Foods
More than 200 different plant-based products and about 170 animal-based products have been studied. These included cutlets, minced meat, sausages, hamburgers and others.
Vegan alternatives included products available at Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Planet Organic.
According to the results, energy density and fat content were significantly lower in the meat-free products.
But salt was much higher in plant-based alternatives — and that in five of the six categories.
However, saturated fat was more than twice as high in the meat-based products as in the vegan options. In the meat-based burger section, the figure was four times higher.
Recommendations for Salt Intake
The current recommended maximum salt intake is 8.4 g per day. In addition, it is worth noting that some of the salt consumed by the population comes from other industrial foods.
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