Snack dips are 'salt and fat traps'.
MANY apparently healthy snacking dips are "salt and fat traps" loaded with calories, according to a study.
Three-quarters of houmous products (74 per cent) have a traffic light label red warning for fat, while Asda's taramasalata contains as much salt as 13 Ritz crackers, the survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) found.
The survey of 210 chilled dips from all the major supermarket chains found taramasalata was the saltiest with an average salt content of 1.25g per 100g compared with salsa which was the least salty, containing an average 0.49g per 100g.
The most commonly sold dip is houmous, but not one of the 108 products in the survey carried a green label for salt. The dip, made predominantly from chickpeas, also contains on average 280 calories per 100g - more than 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake for women, Cash found.