A snag to our health: Health Experts

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Health experts are warning us to rethink that weekend Bunnings sausage sizzle we hold out for.

Some may consider the snag in bread a national dish, but health experts are concerned about the high levels of salt found in the humble sausage.

A review of more than a thousand processed meats found the average sausage in white bread and tomato sauce has 2.35 grams of salt, that's nearly half of an adults recommended daily salt intake.

The research found other processed meats such as bacon saw a reduction in salt over recent years, but there had been no change to the amount found in sausages.

Sian Armstrong from the Heart Foundation said we don't need to totally rule out the barbeque staple.

"We understand that sausages are a quick, convenient and cheap option for many Australian families," she said. 

"We just want people to maybe consider having them a little less frequently.

"When planning to have your next barbeque, we're suggesting to add in other options like lean meats, chicken, veggies or corn on the cob as a lower salt alternative to sausages." 



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