Always check the salt content in salads. Pixabay
Salads may seem like a healthy option –but some offered in UK restaurants are ‘dangerously salty', a report has warned.

One salad from UK takeaway chain Abokado contained as much salt as 14 packets of ready salted crisps. 

And one from popular restaurant chain Nando's contained more salt than six KFC chicken pieces, according to the research.

Eating too much salt can cause an increase in blood pressure – and over time increase the chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Salt is the hidden ingredient in your salad - Pixabay

Research by Action on Salt in the UK said the level of salt found in restaurants, sandwich and coffee shops and fast food outlets had increased by 13 per cent since the previous survey in 2014 – from 1.65g to 1.86g per serving on average.

Action on Salt chairman Professor Graham MacGregor said: "Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to reduce the number of people dying or suffering from strokes or heart disease."

The report recommended that restaurant salads should have a traffic light ‘colour code' which highlights – with a red label – when salt levels are too high.

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