HIGH street stores are flogging vegan versions of their meaty favourites that contain more than DOUBLE the amount of salt.
M&S’s Plant Kitchen no-chicken kievs have 2.4g of salt — almost half the recommended 6g daily allowance — while its own-brand chicken kievs work out at 1.05g each.
Nutrition and fitness expert Sheree Cox said: “You have to be aware of the salt content in vegan products, which are often perceived to be healthier.
“Some vegan products contain a lot more salt than meat alternatives, which will be a surprise to many.
“Shoppers need to check they are not eating more than the 6g daily recommended salt allowance for an adult.”
It comes as more than seven million people said they would go vegan for Veganuary this month. Also at M&S, the Plant Kitchen no-beef burger with 1.18g of salt per 100g has double the salt content of M&S organic British beef burgers with 0.58g salt per 100g.
Waitrose’s Vivera plant garlic kiev, £2.25, has 1.5g of salt per 100g but the store’s own-brand £3.75 chicken kievs with garlic and parsley butter have less than a quarter of the salt content — only 0.34g per 100g.
In Tesco, two Naked Glory vegan quarter pounders, £2.25, have 1.2g of salt per 100g, while four Tesco beef quarter pounders, £2.25, have a third less salt at 0.8g.
And at Iceland, four Greggs £2.50 vegan sausage rolls have 1.9g of salt per 100g.
Yet four meaty Greggs sausage rolls have 1.5g of salt per 100g and they cost less too at £2.
Waitrose Vivera plant garlic kiev, £2.25, 200cal and 1.5g salt per 100g.
Waitrose chicken kievs with garlic and parsley butter, two for £3.75, 241cal, 0.34g salt per 100g.
Waitrose vegan soya mince, 219cal and 0.47g salt per 100g.
Waitrose frozen Hereford beef mince, 170cal, 0.2g salt per 100g.
Two Tesco Naked Glory vegan quarter pounders, £2.25, 190cal, 1.3g salt per 100g. Four Tesco beef quarter pounders, £2.25, 305cal, 0.8g salt.
This Isn’t Bacon rashers, £2.95, 2.7g salt, 152cal per 100g.
Tesco Finest unsmoked Wiltshire cured bacon, £2.50, 2.5g salt, 225cal per 100g.
Greggs vegan sausage rolls, four-pack, £2.50, 1.9g salt and 306cal per 100g.
Four Greggs sausage rolls, £2, 318cal and 1.5g salt per 100g.
Fry’s meat-free chicken-style burgers, £2.50, 1.44g salt and 197cal per 100g.
Iceland’s own-brand chicken breast burgers, costing £2, 0.9g salt and 241cal per 100g.
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Plant Kitchen no-chicken kiev, £3.50 per 140g kiev, 340cal and 2.4g salt (1.75g salt per 100g).
Chicken kiev, £3.75 per kiev, 390cal and 1.05g salt (0.65g salt per 100g).
Plant Kitchen no-beef burger, £3.50 per burger, 339cal and 1.88g salt (1.18g salt per 100g).
Organic British beef, two burgers, £3 per burger, 285cal and 0.58g salt per burger (0.5g salt per 100g).
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