Healthy-sounding dips are ‘salt and fat traps’

A recent survey has revealed unhealthy levels of salt and fat in ready-made savoury dips.

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We're afraid we've got bad news for hummus lovers. A recent survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) has warned that although ready-made savoury dips such as hummus are generally thought to be healthy, they are in fact laden with salt and fat.

Researchers analysed over 200 different dips from a range of major supermarkets and found that they contained worrying levels of salt and fat across the board.

Hummus products were the most popular dips to be tested, and not one of them was found to carry a green label (indicating it's a healthy choice) for salt. Hummus fans will also be shocked to hear that the average 100g serving of the supposedly healthy dip contains around 280 calories - that's almost 15% of the recommended daily intake for women.

While NHS guidelines advise that adults should eat no more than a teaspoon’s worth of salt a day, the real salt and fat contents of processed food products are often difficult to spot because of complicated food labels. Cash is campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘hidden’ salt.

Our midwife Kate explains:

“Food labels can be really confusing and it can be very time consuming to check every label of all the foods that we eat.  Some foods which are perceived and marketed as healthier are surprisingly not.  This highlights the importance of trying to maintain a varied balanced diet, something small of what you fancy can be great, but it's having everything in moderation that's key.”

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