Popular supermarket dips contain as much salt as FOUR packets of crisps

  • NHS guidelines say adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day
  • But some dips contained almost a third of the allowance in half a pot
  • The saltiest houmous was Tesco’s Caramelised Onion, with 1.6g per 100g 
  • Experts say high levels of salt in the diet lead to strokes and heart disease 

Many popular supermarket dips contain more salt than four packets of crisps, alarming new research warns.

Widely regarded as a healthy snack, the report shows many savoury dips are highly calorific and laden with salt and fat.

Three in four houmous products – by far the most commonly sold – have a ‘red’ label for fat.

And while NHS guidelines say adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day, some dips contain almost a third of this in just half a pot.

In fact, a campaigning group on salt has revealed many popular supermarket brands contain as much salt as four 25g bags of Walkers Ready Salted crisps.

Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), which carried out the study, said high salt levels in the diet leads to strokes and heart disease – the commonest cause of death in the UK.

HIGHEST IN SALT: NHS guidelines say adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. But many popular supermarket dips contain almost a third of this in half a pot. A report by the campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health revealed the  dips with the most salt per 100g (around half a pot). They include (from left to right) Tesco Caramalised Onion (1.6g), Sabra Baba Ganoush (1.6g), Marks & Spencer Caramelised Onion Houmous (1.53g), Marks & Spencer Taramasalata (1.5g), Marks & Spencer Lemon & Coriander Houmous (1.45g), Marks & Spencer Organic Houmous with Extra Olive Oil (1.4g)

HIGHEST IN SALT: NHS guidelines say adults should eat no more than 6g of salt a day. But many popular supermarket dips contain almost a third of this in half a pot. A report by the campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health revealed the dips with the most salt per 100g (around half a pot). They include (from left to right) Tesco Caramalised Onion (1.6g), Sabra Baba Ganoush (1.6g), Marks & Spencer Caramelised Onion Houmous (1.53g), Marks & Spencer Taramasalata (1.5g), Marks & Spencer Lemon & Coriander Houmous (1.45g), Marks & Spencer Organic Houmous with Extra Olive Oil (1.4g)

Tesco Lemon & Coriander Houmous was also high in salt, with 1.4g per 100g
Baba Ghanoush-ish Aubergine Smoked Dip was also high in salt, with 1.4g per 100g

Tesco Lemon & Coriander Houmous (left) and Moorish’ Baba Ghanoush-ish Aubergine Smoked Dip (right) were also high in salt, with 1.4g per 100g

CASH is calling for the Government to reduce salt and fat in the nation’s diet.

It wants a ‘strong and robust’ obesity strategy to help people keep to a healthy weight. 

The survey of 210 chilled dips from high street supermarket chains found none had a ‘green’ label for salt.

And 80 of the 108 houmous products (74 per cent) had a red one for fat.

The dip – made predominantly from chickpeas – has on average 280 calories per 100g – more than 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake for women.

The saltiest houmous was Tesco Caramelised Onion Houmous which contained 1.6g salt per 100g.

That is saltier than 100g of KP original salted peanuts.

Marks & Spencer Caramelised Onion Houmous was also highly salty – with 1.53g of salt per 100g.  

That is more than four packets of Walkers Ready Salted crisps and over a quarter of the daily maximum recommended intake.

LOWEST IN SALT: The dips containing the lowest levels of salt per 100g were Essential Waitrose Reduced Fat Sour Cream and Chive Dip (0.25g) and The Co-operative Salsa (0.3g)
Tesco Tzatziki was also low in salt (0.4g per 100g)

LOWEST IN SALT: The dips containing the lowest levels of salt per 100g were Essential Waitrose Reduced Fat Sour Cream and Chive Dip (0.25g) (left), The Co-operative Salsa (0.3g) and Tesco Tzatziki (0.4g) (right)

Lidl’s Red Pepper Houmous was the least salty, with just 0.43g salt per 100g.

Other products with high levels of salt per 100g include M&S taramasalata (1.5g) and Moorish Baba Ghanoush-ish Aubergine Smoked Dip (1.4g).

Products containing lower levels included:

  • Essential Waitrose Reduced Fat Sour Cream and Chive Dip (0.25g)
  • The Co-operative Salsa (0.3g), Tesco Tzatziki (0.4g) 
  • Waitrose Creamy and Refreshing Guacamole (0.4g)

More than one fifth of the dips surveyed had a red front-of-pack label for saturates, with Essential Waitrose Sour Cream and Chive dip containing 10.2g and the Chovi Allioli Creamy Garlic Dip containing 10g.

This provides more than a quarter of an adult’s recommended intake based on a standard 50g portion size.

CASH surveyed 210 chilled dips from high street supermarket chains found none had a 'green' label for salt. Tesco Finest Italian Pecorino & Basil Dip  has 1.1g salt per 100g
Delphi Fresh Chargrilled Red Pepper Houmous Dip with Olive Oil has 1.2g of salt per 100g

CASH surveyed 210 chilled dips from high street supermarket chains found none had a ‘green’ label for salt. Tesco Finest Italian Pecorino & Basil Dip (left) has 1.1g salt per 100g, while Delphi Fresh Chargrilled Red Pepper Houmous Dip with Olive Oil (right) has 1.2g

'A diet high in salt leads to strokes and heart disease - the commonest cause of death in the UK,' a spokesperson for CASH said. Pictured is ASDA houmous (left) with 0.95g salt per 100g
Sainsbury's Smoky Jalapeno Topped Houmous has 0.88g  salt per 100g

‘A diet high in salt leads to strokes and heart disease – the commonest cause of death in the UK,’ a spokesperson for CASH said. Pictured are ASDA houmous (left) with 0.95g salt per 100g and Sainsbury’s Smoky Jalapeno Topped Houmous with 0.88g

A portion of the Waitrose Cheese and Chive dip contains more total fat than a Big Mac, the survey revealed. 

Sonia Pombo, nutritionist and campaign manager for CASH, said: ‘Food companies need to take action and reduce both the salt and fat content in dips.

‘The variation of different products revealed in our survey shows it can be achieved which is why it’s equally important we as individuals read the label carefully and opt for healthier brands.

‘Also remember to swap unhealthy sides with vegetables e.g. carrots, peppers and tomatoes, for added bonus.’

Houmous is made predominantly from chickpeas and salt is added for flavour. Aldi The Deli Houmous has 0.66g salt per 100g
Houmous has on average 280 calories per 100g - more than 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake for women. Yarden Tahina has 1.17g salt per 100g

Houmous is made predominantly from chickpeas and salt is added for flavour. It has on average 280 calories per 100g – more than 10 per cent of the recommended daily intake for women. Pictured are Aldi The Deli Houmous – with 0.66g salt per 100g – and Yarden Tahina – with 1.17g salt per 100g

The survey also revealed salt levels in dips other than houmous. It showed Waitrose Vibrant & Fiery Edamame & Pea Dip (left) has 0.84g salt per 100g
Morrisons Creamy Sweet Chilli Dip has 0.6g salt per 100g

The survey also revealed salt levels in dips other than houmous. It showed Waitrose Vibrant & Fiery Edamame & Pea Dip (left) has 0.84g salt per 100g, while Morrisons Creamy Sweet Chilli Dip (right) has 0.6g

Professor Graham MacGregor, of Queen Mary University of London and chairman of CASH, said: ‘Once again we demonstrate the unnecessary amounts of salt and fat being added by the food industry to what could be a healthy product.

‘A diet high in salt leads to strokes and heart disease – the commonest cause of death in the UK.

‘Reducing salt is the most cost effective measure to reduce the number of people suffering which is why it’s imperative the government announce a new robust plan for reducing salt in our diet.’

TOP TIPS FOR CHOOSING HEALTHY DIPS 

For a healthier option, eat dips with vegetables rather than salty and high fat foods like crisps

For a healthier option, eat dips with vegetables rather than salty and high fat foods like crisps

1. Be label savvy and don’t be fooled by products branded as low/reduced fat.

While the fat content may be lower the salt content may still be high.

Take an extra moment to check the label and compare a few different ones before making your selection. 

Use our app ‘Foodswitch’ to help you swap to a healthier choice.

2. Choose dips with less fat and salt, like salsa, or a vegetable-based dip, rather than sour-cream or cheese-based dips which are higher in fat and saturates.

3. Be wary of portion sizes – eating straight out of the container will most likely lead to overconsumption.

Spoon some out on your plate instead and fill it with healthier treats such as salad and fruit. 

Individual single-serve pots can be a good way to control portions.

4. Eat dips with vegetables rather than salty and high fat foods like crisps or cheese.

5. Get creative and make your own – that way you can control what you put in.

Some plain low-fat yogurt, cucumber and a sprig of mint can make for a tasty homemade tzatziki.

Or why not make your own chunky salsa with some tomatoes, onion, chilli and fresh herbs? 

Source: Consensus Action on Salt and Health 

TOTAL LIST OF DIPS (From highest to lowest in salt levels)
DIP POT (g) SALT CONTENT per 100g
Tesco Caramelised Onion Houmous 182 1.6
Sabra Baba Ganoush 200 1.6
Marks & Spencer Caramelised Onion Houmous 200 1.53
Marks & Spencer Taramasalata 230 1.5
Marks & Spencer Deli Lemon & Coriander Houmous 200 1.45
Marks & Spencer Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Houmous 170 1.4
Tesco Lemon & Coriander Houmous 182 1.4
Moorish Baba ghanoush-ish aubergine smoked dip 150 1.4
Marks & Spencer Houmous with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 200 1.38
Marks & Spencer Houmous with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 300 1.38
Sabra Zaalouk Aubergine, Tomato & Red Pepper 200 1.37
Marks & Spencer Piquillo & Red Pepper Dip 170 1.33
Tesco Cheese & Chive 200 1.3
Sabra Houmous Garlic & Red Pepper 200 1.3
Tesco Everyday Value Houmous 300 1.3
Yarden Houmous Plus with a Spicy Sauce 250 1.3
Chovi Allioli Creamy Garlic Dip 190 1.3
Tesco Mexican Bean & Chilli 182 1.3
Yarden Houmous Reduced Calories 250 1.25
Yarden Houmous De Luxe 400 1.25
Yarden Houmous 250 1.25
Waitrose Rich & Smooth Taramasalata 170 1.25
Sainsbury’s Cheddar Cheese & Chive Dip 230 1.23
The Co-operative Beetroot & Mint Dip 170 1.23
The Co-operative Smoked Taramasalata Dip 170 1.22
Asda Cheese & Chive 215 1.2
Delphi Fresh Chargrilled Red Pepper Houmous Dip with Olive Oil 170 1.2
Moorish devil-ish chilli harissa smoked humous 150 1.2
Sainsbury’s Caramelised Onion Houmous 200 1.2
Tesco Sweet Chilli Houmous 182 1.2
Tesco Reduced Fat Onion & Garlic 200 1.2
Marks & Spencer Beetroot & Mint Dip 170 1.2
Sainsbury’s Beetroot & Sesame Dip 180 1.2
Asda Taramasalata 215 1.2
Morrisons Greek Style Taramasalata 200 1.2
Sainsbury’s Taramasalata 230 1.2
Tesco Taramasalata 200 1.2
The Co-operative Red Pepper Houmous 170 1.18
Yarden Tachina 250 1.17
Tesco Finest Italian Pecorino & Basil Dip 165 1.1
Yarden Guacamole 195 1.1
Morrisons Spicy Peri Peri Houmous 200 1.1
Tesco Reduced Fat Piri Piri Houmous 182 1.1
Tesco Houmous 200 1.1
Tesco Houmous 300 1.1
Tesco Finest Sweetcorn & Crushed Tortilla Dip 165 1.1
Marks & Spencer Pea & Mint Dip 170 1.08
Morrisons Beetroot Yogurt & Mint Dip 200 1.08
Sainsbury’s SO Organic Houmous 200 1.06
Sainsbury’s Piri Piri Houmous 200 1.01
Tesco Finest West Country Cheddar & Chutney Dip 165 1
Moorish Original Delicious Smoked Humous 150 1
Sabra Houmous Extra 200 1
Tesco Moroccan Houmous 182 1
Tesco Reduced Fat Houmous 200 1
Tesco Reduced Fat Houmous 300 1
Tesco Broad Bean Asparagus & Mint Houmous 182 1
Tesco Organic Houmous 200 1
Essential Waitrose Reduced Fat Houmous 230 1
Essential Waitrose Love Life Houmous Reduced Fat 300 1
Yarden Houmous Extra with Pine-nuts & Chick Peas in Olive Oil 250 1
Sainsbury’s Onion & Garlic Dip 230 1
Tesco Onion & Garlic 200 1
Tesco Pea & Mint 182 1
Marks & Spencer Simply Cheese & Chive Dip 230 0.98
Lidl Meadowfresh Houmous Topped with Green Pesto 170 0.98
Essential Waitrose Houmous 230 0.98
Essential Waitrose Houmous 300 0.98
Waitrose Mellow & Sweet Red Pepper Houmous 200 0.98
Waitrose Duchy Organic Houmous 200 0.97
Waitrose Rich & Savoury Roasted Tomato Houmous 200 0.96
Asda Houmous 200 0.95
Asda Houmous 310 0.95
Waitrose Sweet & Tangy Caramelised Onion Houmous 200 0.95
Waitrose Zesty & Aromatic Lemon & Coriander Houmous 200 0.95
Waitrose Savoury & Smoky Baba Ganoush 180 0.95
Asda Houmous Topped with Pesto & Parmesan 170 0.93
Waitrose Aromatic & Warming Moroccan Houmous 200 0.93
Sainsbury’s Basics Houmous 200 0.92
Waitrose Rich & Creamy Pecorino & Basil Dip 200 0.9
Morrisons Mexican Style Guacamole 150 0.9
Morrisons Moroccan Style Houmous 200 0.9
Morrisons NuMe Reduced Fat Red Pepper Houmous 200 0.9
Morrisons NuMe Reduced Fat Houmous 200 0.9
Morrisons NuMe Reduced Fat Houmous 300 0.9
Morrisons Sweet Chilli Houmous 200 0.9
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Spicy Malagueta Chilli Dip 150 0.9
Sainsbury’s Moroccan Style Butternut Dip 180 0.9
Sainsbury’s Roasted Red Pepper Houmous 200 0.89
The Co-operative Houmous 200 0.89
Marks & Spencer Piri Piri Houmous 200 0.88
Sainsbury’s Smoky Jalapeno Topped Houmous 200 0.88
Essential Waitrose Cheese and Chive Dip 230 0.87
Aldi The Deli Reduced Fat Houmous 200 0.87
Marks & Spencer Spicy Red Pepper Houmous 200 0.85
Essential Waitrose Onion and Garlic Dip 230 0.85
Asda Chosen by You Houmous Topped with Sunblush Tomato & Basil 170 0.84
Waitrose Vibrant & Fiery Edamame & Pea Dip 200 0.84
Asda Chosen by You Jalapeno Houmous 200 0.83
Lidl Meadow Fresh Caramelised Onion Houmous 250 0.83
Lidl Meadowfresh Caramelised Onion Houmous 250 0.83
Marks & Spencer Chunky Layered Moroccan Style Houmous 170 0.83
Marks & Spencer Reduced Fat Houmous with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 300 0.83
Waitrose Vibrant & Hot Piri Piri Houmous 200 0.83
Waitrose Extra Virgin Olive Oil Houmous 200 0.83
Marks & Spencer Simply Onion & Garlic Dip 230 0.83
Marks & Spencer Roast Carrot & Coriander Dip 170 0.83
Marks & Spencer Aioli 150 0.83
Aldi The Deli Caramelised Onion Houmous 170 0.82
The Co-operative Middle Eastern Houmous 165 0.82
Asda Pesto Houmous 200 0.81
Lidl Meadow Fresh Reduced Fat Houmous 300 0.81
Morrisons Caramelised Onion Houmous 200 0.8
Tesco Reduced Fat Caramelised Onion Houmous 300 0.8
Tesco Red Pepper Houmous 182 0.8
Tesco Jalapeno & Red Pepper Houmous 182 0.8
Tesco Finest Houmous with Moroccan Spices & Sunflower Seeds 165 0.8
Morrisons Onion, Garlic & Herb Dip 200 0.8
Morrisons Onion, Garlic & Herb Dip 70 0.8
Asda Chargrilled Red Pepper Houmous 200 0.79
Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Tomato & Basil Houmous 200 0.79
Aldi The Deli Red Pepper Houmous 170 0.78
Sainsbury’s Moroccan Topped Houmous 200 0.78
The Co-operative Smoky Piri Piri Houmous 170 0.77
Aldi The Deli Onion and Garlic Dip 200 0.77
The Co-operative White Bean Dip with SunBlush Tomato 170 0.77
The Co-operative Cheese and Chive Dip 200 0.76
Sainsbury’s Lemon & Coriander Houmous 200 0.76
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Sweetcorn Chilli Dip 170 0.75
Asda 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Sour Cream & Chive Dip 215 0.75
Asda Sun-Dried Tomato Houmous 200 0.74
The Co-operative Roast Carrot & Harissa Dip 170 0.73
Morrisons NuMe 50{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Onion & Garlic Dip 200 0.72
Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself Roasted Red Pepper Houmous 200 0.71
The Co-operative Reduced Fat Houmous 200 0.71
Morrisons Mexican Jalapeno Houmous 200 0.7
Morrisons Pesto Houmous 200 0.7
Tesco Reduced Fat Sweet Chilli Houmous 300 0.7
Iceland Soured Cream & Chive Dip 200 0.7
Morrisons NuMe Reduced Fat Sour Cream & Chive Dip 200 0.7
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Cooling Mint Yogurt Dip 170 0.7
The Co-operative Moroccan Topped Houmous 170 0.68
Lidl Meadowfresh Sour Cream & Chive Dip 200 0.68
Asda Organic Houmous 200 0.67
Aldi The Deli Tasty Sour Cream and Chive Dip 200 0.67
Lidl Meadowfresh Onion Garlic & Herb Dip 200 0.65
Aldi The Deli Houmous 200 0.64
The Co-operative Caramelised Onion Houmous 170 0.64
Sainsbury’s Houmous 230 0.63
Asda Onion & Garlic 215 0.63
Sainsbury’s Sour Cream & Chive Dip 230 0.63
Aldi The Deli Lemon & Coriander Houmous 170 0.62
Asda 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Garlic & Onion Dip 215 0.62
Asda Sweet Chilli Houmous 200 0.61
Sainsbury’s Be Good to Yourself 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Houmous 230 0.61
The Co-operative Onion and Garlic Dip 200 0.61
Asda Sour Cream & Chive 215 0.61
Asda Chosen by You Chilli Cheese Dip 215 0.6
Morrisons Chilli Cheese Dip 200 0.6
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Chunky Guacamole 170 0.6
Morrisons Sundried Tomato & Basil Houmous 200 0.6
Morrisons Lemon & Coriander Houmous 200 0.6
Morrisons Classic Houmous 200 0.6
Iceland Onion & Garlic Dip 170 0.6
Morrisons Creamy Sweet Chilli Dip 200 0.6
Morrisons Mild Tomato Salsa 200 0.6
Tesco Soured Cream & Chive 200 0.6
Asda Tzatziki 215 0.6
Marks & Spencer Tzatziki 230 0.6
Morrisons Greek Style Tzatziki 200 0.6
Asda Moroccan Spiced Houmous 200 0.59
Asda Beetroot & Mint Dip 180 0.59
Asda Hot & Spicy Salsa 215 0.59
Lidl Meadow Fresh Classic Houmous 300 0.58
Sainsbury’s Edamame Bean & Mint Dip 170 0.58
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Tomato Salsa 200 0.58
Sainsbury’s Tzatziki 230 0.58
Waitrose Tangy & Refreshing Vine Ripened Tomato Salsa 200 0.57
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Sour Cream & Chive Dip 230 0.55
Asda Guacamole 170 0.54
The Co-operative Guacamole 200 0.53
Asda Caramelised Onion Houmous 200 0.53
chovi Allioli Creamy Garlic Dip 250 0.53
Asda 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Red Pepper and Chilli Houmous 200 0.51
Essential Waitrose Sour Cream and Chive Dip 230 0.51
The Co-operative Tzatziki 200 0.51
Morrisons Mature Cheddar & Chive Dip 200 0.5
Sainsbury’s Guacamole 170 0.5
Waitrose Smooth & Refreshing Guacamole Reduced Fat 200 0.5
Asda Cool Tomato Salsa 215 0.5
Tesco Reduced Fat Soured Cream & Chive 200 0.5
Asda 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Lemon & Coriander Houmous 200 0.49
Marks & Spencer Spirit of Summer Reduced Fat Sour Cream & Chive Dip 230 0.48
ASDA 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Houmous 310 0.46
Asda 30{f4e8e23bab2a7035a99e03b28acd71145d3c581ab6a63c5fdec2c9dfeb128aef} Less Fat Houmous 200 0.46
Waitrose Cool & Minty Tzatziki 200 0.46
Sainsbury’s Salsa 230 0.45
Asda Cheesy Memphis BBQ Dip 200 0.45
The Co-operative Soured Cream & Chive Dip 200 0.45
Lidl Meadowfresh Red Pepper Houmous 250 0.43
Tesco Guacamole 163 0.4
Waitrose Creamy & Refreshing Guacamole 200 0.4
Tesco Hot Salsa 200 0.4
Tesco Cool Salsa 200 0.4
Morrisons Soured Cream & Chive Dip 200 0.4
Morrisons Soured Cream & Chive Dip 70 0.4
The Co-operative Reduced Fat Soured Cream & Chive Dip 200 0.4
Tzatziki 200 0.4
The Co-operative Salsa 200 0.3
Essential Waitrose Reduced Fat Sour Cream and Chive Dip 230 0.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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