Don’t take it with a pinch of salt

A new report has revealed that 94 per cent of pizzas sold in Australia are overloaded with salt.

The report by The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH) analysed supermarket-bought brands as well as take-away pizzas.

The manufactured brands included McCain, Papa Giuseppi’s, Coles Smart Buy, Woolworths Home Brand, Deli Express and Weight Watchers.

There were 41 processed pizzas and 115 take-away pizzas included in the report.

Take-away outlets included Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Eagle Boys.

The pizza with the highest sodium was Pizza Hut’s BBQ Meat Lovers, which provided 327 per cent of an adult’s recommended daily amount of salt (13 grams).

More than two thirds of takeaway pizzas contained double the daily recommended amount of salt for an adult and four takeaway pizzas contained as much as three times.

Nearly all supermarket bought pizzas had less salt than takeaway pizzas.

The pizza with the lowest amount of salt (overall) was McCain Pizza Singles Ham & Pineapple, which contained 63 per cent of the recommended daily intake (2.5 grams of salt).

The report advised that when buying ready to eat packaged foods, choose low-salt options – compare products to find the one lowest in salt using the per 100g column on the Nutrition Information Panel.

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