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The top 5 saltiest sausages on the Australian market

Now To Love logo Now To Love 15/03/2018 Bettina Tyrrell
a close up of a bunch of hot dogs and fries on a grill © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd

Snags, sangers, sossy's, bangers whatever you call them, sausages have been sizzling up Aussie barbies for decades. The adoration for the humble barbecue sausage is so great (we wolf down 1.1 billion of them a year!), a snag wrapped in a slice of bread may as well be Australia's national dish. But in a heartbreaking twist, health experts have warned us that our love affair with the meat delicacy could be killing us.

New research analysing the salt content of more than 1000 processed meat products has found a sausage in bread with tomato sauce could contain 2.35 grams of salt. That's nearly half the maximum daily intake recommended by the World Health Organisation of no more than 5 grams. The findings have raised alarm bells for those at risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, as a diet high in salt can increase your blood pressure which then puts strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain.

"Australians love our snags on the barbecue, but I think most people would be surprised to learn just how much salt is in these sausages," said VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter.

The report from The George Institute for Global Health, VicHealth and the Heart Foundation has named and shamed the saltiest sausages, including four types of sausages from Coles and one from Aldi, as well as the least salty snags so next time you're at the supermarket you can make the healthiest choice.

Top five saltiest sausages

Coles Thin Pork BBQ Sausages, 2.9g salt/100g and Coles Australian Beef Thin BBQ Sausages, 2.4g salt /100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Coles Thin Pork BBQ Sausages, 2.9g salt/100g and Coles Australian Beef Thin BBQ Sausages, 2.4g salt /100g.

Coles Thin Pork BBQ Sausages, 2.9g salt/100g and Coles Australian Beef Thin BBQ Sausages, 2.4g salt /100g.

a close up of food: Brannan's Butchery Classic Aussie Beef Sausages , Aldi, 2.4g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Brannan's Butchery Classic Aussie Beef Sausages , Aldi, 2.4g salt/100g.

Brannan's Butchery Classic Aussie Beef Sausages , Aldi, 2.4g salt/100g.

a close up of food: Coles Sow Stall Free Australia Pork Chipolatas, 2.4g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Coles Sow Stall Free Australia Pork Chipolatas, 2.4g salt/100g.

Coles Sow Stall Free Australia Pork Chipolatas, 2.4g salt/100g.

Coles Australian Beef Thin BBQ Sausages, 2.3g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Coles Australian Beef Thin BBQ Sausages, 2.3g salt/100g.

Coles Australian Beef Thin BBQ Sausages, 2.3g salt/100g.

Top five least saltiest sausages

a close up of food: Cleaver's Organic Beef Sausages, 0.95 g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Cleaver's Organic Beef Sausages, 0.95 g salt/100g.

Cleaver's Organic Beef Sausages, 0.95 g salt/100g.

a close up of food: Beak & Sons Classics Tuscan Pork Gourmet Pork Sausages, 1.0g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Beak & Sons Classics Tuscan Pork Gourmet Pork Sausages, 1.0g salt/100g.

Beak & Sons Classics Tuscan Pork Gourmet Pork Sausages, 1.0g salt/100g.

a plastic container of food: K-roo Kanga Bangers, 1.0g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd K-roo Kanga Bangers, 1.0g salt/100g.

K-roo Kanga Bangers, 1.0g salt/100g.

a close up of food: Woolworths Lamb Sausages Mint & Rosemary, 1.0g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Woolworths Lamb Sausages Mint & Rosemary, 1.0g salt/100g.

Woolworths Lamb Sausages Mint & Rosemary, 1.0g salt/100g.

a close up of food: Woolworths Chicken Sausages Chives, Thyme and Rosemary, 1.0g salt/100g. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Woolworths Chicken Sausages Chives, Thyme and Rosemary, 1.0g salt/100g.

Woolworths Chicken Sausages Chives, Thyme and Rosemary, 1.0g salt/100g.

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