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SALT AND SHAKE-UP; Ready meals are getting healthier.

Byline: By Louise Barnett

SALT content in ready meals has fallen by an average of 45 per cent since 2003 but is still too high in some dishes, a report said yesterday.

A survey of 101 ready meals from eight retailers found the average salt content was 1.8g per serving, the Consensus Action on Salt and Health said.

That compares with a 3.3g average salt content in 2003.

The new CASH research found 66 per cent of ready meals had 2g of salt or less, with 16 per cent at 1g or less.

In 2003, only 13 per cent of products had 2g of salt or less.

This time, seven per cent of ready meals contained 3g or more of salt per serving. Asda's Indian chicken tikka masala with pilau rice was the saltiest meal, with 5g.

Two "healthy" ready meal options, including the Co-op's healthy living cottage pie, were found to be saltier than their own standard versions.

CASH chairman Professor Graham MacGregor welcomed the overall drop in salt levels.

He said: "This is great news."

Adults are advised to eat no more than 6g of salt per day.

Too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

Brits eat more than 14 million ready meals each week.
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