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Lobbyists: Popcorn’s ‘health’ claims ‘misleading’

Some popcorn varieties on supermarket shelves were four times saltier than seawater, according to figures from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), which surveyed 154 flavoured popcorn products.

The “perceived” healthy snack was “stuffing” consumers with unnecessary amounts of salt, the campaign group said. More than a third contained as much or more salt than KP original salted peanuts, it added.

Examples of the saltiest popcorn on supermarket shelves included Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn with a wasabi glaze, which contained 0.9g of salt per 25g portion, according to CASH.

McEnnedy Microwave Butter Flavour Popcorn from Lidl contained 0.88g of salt per 40g portion.