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High blood pressure: Salty sausages could contribute to risk of stroke and heart disease

High blood pressure affects a shocking 16 million people in the UK, and there are millions of people still undiagnosed. 

A poor diet high in salt is thought to be one of the major risk factors by experts.

A new report has revealed that many supermarket sausages contain dangerously high levels of salt. 

The Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), which is based at Queen Mary University of London, suggested that a sausage sandwich made at home could have over two-thirds the maximum daily adult salt intake of 6g – more than a double cheeseburger and fries.

Last year scientists claimed that processed meats are linked to cancer, but do sausages cause cancer? A study showed one type may still pose a risk.

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High blood pressure: A new report has called out certain supermarket sausages


Researchers revealed the average salt content of sausages sold today is 1.3g per 100g, which could contribute to high blood pressure


Researchers revealed the average salt content of sausages sold today is 1.3g per 100g, or 1.16g of salt per two sausages. 

They singled out Richmond 12 Skinless Pork Sausages and Richmond 8 Thick Pork Sausages as having some of the highest levels of salt per 100g at 2.3g and 2.2g respectively.

In response to the report a spokesperson for Richmond said: “We pride ourselves in making products that do not compromise on the great taste that our customers love, and continue to recommend that these products are consumed as part of a healthy and balanced diet.”

Close behind were ASDA Extra Special 6 Bacon & Maple Syrup Pork Sausages at 2.1g per 100g and HECK Chicken Italia Chipolatas at 1.9g.

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High blood pressure: There are 16 million people in the UK who suffer

Of the findings, a HECK spokeswoman said: “Our focus has been on lowering fat content without compromising taste but we have now turned our attention to…

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