A recent study into the salt levels of cheese has unearthed rather disturbing results.
The health pressure group, Consensus Action on Salt and Health, has warned that large amounts of unnecessary salt are being added to Cheese. After testing 722 30g portions of cheese, they found out that many contained more salt than even a bag of crisps, which have shockingly high levels of salt themselves. Within different types of cheese tested, the salt content varied enough to suggest that it is possible to reduce the levels, with the saltiest type measuring in at a whopping 1.06g of salt per 30g.
Too much salt can lead to severe health problems, and also a large increase in the risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes by raising the blood pressure of the person. However, it must be remembered that this is the effect of salt on health, and that cheese has a range of benefits as well. This is because it provides a wide range of important nutrients, such as protein and calcium. In the making of cheese, salt is added as an important part of the process, being used for multiple reasons, which do not include taste or flavour.
Recently, there has been a lot of work into reducing the salt level in cheese that is produced, and it has been successful so far, but we would also like to hear your opinions on the matter. Share them by clicking “Read More & Comment”.
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