Beware! That “healthy” veggie BBQ option may contain 10 times more sugar and 6 times more salt that the meaty one
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A survey has shown that vegetarian and vegan equivalents of our favourite BBQ foods can contain up to ten times more sugar and six times more salt.
For years diet experts have warned meat-replacement items should not automatically be perceived as being “healthier” just because they contain no red meat.
But to counter-balance the argument they said that higher sugar and salt may not be worse because many veggie options have fewer calories, less fat and more fibre.
So to give them credit Daily Mail health reporter Emily Craig looked at the nutritional benefits of a selection of BBQ benefits, including sausages and burgers, kebabs, bacon and meatballs.
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She reports that per 100g of vegetarian chilli and lime kebabs made by Wicked Kitchens, there is 2g of sugar compared to just 0.2g for the same amount in Morrisons’ lamb kebabs.
And two Birds Eye meat-free sausages contain 2.2g of sugar compared to just 0.5 in two pork sausages sold at Tesco.
Meanwhile a plant based steak by Vivera - which is sold at Sainsbury’s and Asda - has 2.4g of sugar per 200g while a ribeye steak on offer at Sainsbury’s has less than 0.5g.
We should listen to British Nutrition Foundation on these matters. They say it is important to consider essential nutrients that animal-derived products can provide and encourage dietary change that might be at the detriment to your health.
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