In a well-known tabloid newspaper today there is a report about the amount of salt that is in food and the big names, brand wise tend to have more salt than their cheaper counterparts, in other words the supermarket or food chains own brand names, a loaf of Hovis granary bread for instance has 0.45 grams per slice while Sainsbury’s basics which has a third less at just 0.3g and is one pound cheaper, than its counterpart.
Some figures that there were released this week say now that we are eating on average 8.6 grams of salt per day in our food which is an awful lot this is down from 9.6 grams in 2001.
But where almost eating more than the target of six grams which will save 20,200 lives approximately a year, it has been well over a long time that salt is a major contributing factor to people having high blood pressure.
Here are some examples of what each brand name contains as regards to salt content Kellogg’s cornflakes which cost one £1.69 contain 1.8 grams of salt per hundred grams
Which is twice the amount in, Asda’s own brand this has 0.87 grams and is 74p cheaper.
Philadelphiawhich is a cream cheese which is a branded name has one gram of salt, compared to Sainsbury’s which has0.5 grams of salt and costs 58p.
In bread a Hovis granary loaf which costs £1.48p has 1.25 grams of salt, compared to Warburtons which costs £1.29 and has 1.13 grams of salt.
Morrison’s medium slice wholemeal bread costs 85P has 1.2 grams of salt, Sainsbury’s wholemeal costs 75p and has 0.7 grams of salt.
Tesco’s own brand of white bread cost 37p and has one gram of of salt.
Beans, Heinz baked beans cost 53p contain not 0.8 grams of salt, Asda’s own brand of baked beans cost 31p and contain more 0.7 grams of salt, Sainsbury’s beans cost 32p and contain 0.7 grams of salt, Sainsbury’s lesser brand called basics cost 20p and contains .50 gram of salt, and finally Tesco’s like choices cost 31p and contains 0.3 grams of salt.
What is very interesting about this is that people often equate quality with branding when buying particular foods people always say that Heinz baked beans taste better, than other branded beans I can honestly say myself that I can’t really taste any difference between cheaper or more expensive brands, I tend to have lowsugarones anyway from Sainsbury’s and they taste perfectly okay to me.
What is interesting about this is though you’re paying for more salt in a nutshell which in the long term can lead to health problems as we know, another problem with salt is that it can lead to water retention which also leads to weight gain.
It really does beg the question how many people do actually read the labels on the foods that they are eating day in and day out and do they know what amount ofsugarand salt is really in the food.
What this goes to show and does actually prove is that cheaper food can be healthier and brand names aren’t always as bad as what you think they are.
More expensive well-known brands aren’t always as good as it seems they are, it’s just a case of we feel better with well-known brands we tend to gain comfort with them.