Research conducted by the George Institute for Global Health, in collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and the Heart Foundation Victoria, showed that the Australian BBQ favourite – sausages – contain on average over a quarter (28%) of recommended daily salt intake in one sausage alone.
Data was analysed from 2010-2017, with data collected from four major supermarkets in Australia (Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA).
During this time period there has been no change in salt levels of sausages, which is concerning given the high average salt content and the way in which sausages are eaten. For example, a sausage in white bread with tomato sauce was reported to contain almost half the daily recommended salt intake (2.35grams of salt).
While no change was seen for salt levels in sausages, data collected on bacon and sliced meats (such as ham) during the same time period showed a gradual reduction in salt content over the years.
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