Only a couple of weeks removed from a report that named and shamed coffee shops in the United Kingdom for piling their drinks with sugar, a new story is doing the rounds in Britain that has uncovered some rather unsavoury facts about the likes of Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero.
It is alleged that food sold by some of the most popular high street coffee chains is (metaphorically) swimming in salt.
Sandwiches and pasties that are readily available for these chains contain more than half of the recommended daily allowance laid down by the Department of Health.
The study looked at information printed on the food’s packaging and compared their stated values to the UK Government’s guidelines.
The results might shock you.
Far from being the bastions of healthy eating, the report uncovered that a McDonald’s Big Mac contains less salt (2.3g) than a croquet monsieur Panini from Starbucks (3.2g).
And if you’re wondering how Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero fared, the answer isn’t that much better. Both companies sold products that contained, at least, a thirst-inducing 2.7g of salt per serving.
Official guidelines state that the average person should not consume more than 6g of salt per day.
Sonia Pombo, a campaign manager for the action group Consensus Action on Salt and Health, said, “It is shocking to see reputable coffee shop chains such as Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero, and Starbucks, which portray a healthy lifestyle image, selling these products.”
First salt and now sugar. It hasn’t been a good month.
The British weekend newspaper the Sunday Telegraph conducted the research ahead of Salt Awareness Week.