Many parents regard them as the healthy alternative, but some leading brands of vegetarian burgers and sausages contain higher levels of salt than their meat equivalents.
Just two sausages from one company would provide virtually the entire day's salt ration for an adult and too much for a child.
To coincide with National Vegetarian Week, which begins today, researchers from Consensus Action on Salt and Health analysed a selection of meat-free products. They discovered that some veggie burgers and sausages contain the same amount of salt as five bags of crisps.
The saltiest product was a Fry's Vegetarian Traditional Sausage at 2.8g, which is four times more than the pork equivalent. Two of these would provide 5.6g of salt, which is close to the 6g figure that is the recommended maximum daily intake for an adult. This would exceed the 5g recommended daily maximum for a child aged seven to ten, and be almost double the limit of 3g for those aged four to six.
CASH researchers found large variations in the amount of salt in vegetarian sausages.
For example, a Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausage had 38 per cent more than an equivalent Quorn product. Two Cauldron vegetarian Lincolnshire sausages contain 2g of salt, some 40 per cent more than the 1.2g found in two Asda Meat Free Lincolnshire Sausages.
The saltiest burgers in the survey were Fry's Vegetarian Traditional Burgers and Fry's Vegetarian Spiced Burgers, each with a salt reading of 1.8g. This level was six times higher than the equivalent Asda meat burger.
Source - Daily Mail