The organisation has again called for legislation after it published new research in Nutrients which showed that the salt content of plant-based meat products is unnecessarily high, with more than 75% of the products surveyed not meeting the Government’s salt reduction targets.
Earlier this month Action on Salt called for legislation or taxation to be used to cut salt content in food and drink products, after another study found a link between salt intake and people suffering and dying from strokes and heart disease.
The latest research from the group investigated the nutritional profile and overall healthiness of plant-based meat available in the UK.
Meat analogue versus meat products
Researchers analysed 207 plant-based meat analogue products and compared them to 226 meat products. They found plant-based meat to have significantly fewer calories, total and saturated fat and more fibre than meat equivalents.
However, salt content was significantly higher than meat in five out of six product categories, which were breaded poultry, burger, meatballs, mince, poultry and sausage.
Action on salt said only two plant-based products in the survey would be considered low in salt with a green label on front of pack (i.e. <0.3g/100g), compared to 45 meat products. These two products were Granose Soya Mince – 435g and Clearspring Organic Soya Mince 300g.
‘Coherent’ salt reduction policy
The organisation said overall, more than three in four plant-based products surveyed failed to meet their respective salt reduction targets. It is now calling for the Government to reinstate a ‘coherent’ salt reduction policy by mandating the salt targets so all food manufacturers have to comply.