Some of the most popular hot chocolate products on supermarket shelves contain more salt than a packet of crisps, it’s been revealed.
FEMAIL compared the salt content of drinks by Cadbury, Galazy, and Nestle, among others, and found that nine contain more salt than in some sea water.
It follows a study published by the Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) today which found that Galaxy’s Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate contains 16 times more salt than the government’s 2017 target for drinks.
The Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate and Galaxy Frothy Top drinks contained the most salt of any other branded hot chocolates on supermarket shelves in our analysis: 0.6g per serving
The Galaxy hot chocolate contained the most salt of any other hot chocolate drinks we analysed, other than Galaxy Frothy which contained the same amount.
Both drinks contain 0.6g of salt per 25g serving in 200ml of hot water – but when mixed with milk, this figure rises to a staggering 0.8g.
A packet of Walkers Ready Salted crisps contains 0.46g of salt, while the salinity of the Black and Baltic Sea – between 1 and 2.3 per cent – is also much less than these drinks.
The recommended daily intake of salt for adults is 2.4g a day.
|Hot chocolate||Salt content (per serving)|
|Galaxy Ultimate Marshmallow Hot Chocolate||0.6g per 25g in water
0.8g per 25g in semi-skimmed milk
|Galaxy Frothy||0.6g per 25g in water
0.8g per 25g in semi-skimmed milk
|Cadbury Fair Trade Hot Chocolate Instant||0.55g per 25g in 200ml of water|
|Maltesers Instant Hot Malt Chocolate||0.5g per 25g in 200ml water
0.8g per 25g in 200ml semi-skimmed milk
|Galaxy Light Style Hot Chocolate||0.5g per 10g in 200ml of water|
|Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate Drink||0.5g per 20g in 200ml of water|
|Cadbury Fair Trade Drinking Chocolate (Add Milk)||0.38g per 18g in 200ml of semi-skimmed milk|
|Cadbury Highlights Chocolate||0.37g per 11g in 200ml of water|
|Cadburys Wispa||0.33g per 27g in 200ml of water|
|Options Belgian Chocolate||0.3g per 11g in 200ml of water|
|Aero Instant Chocolate Drink||0.3g per 24g in 200ml of water|
|Nesquik Hot Chocolate||0.27g per 13.8g in 200ml of milk|
|Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate||0.2g per 11g in 200ml of water|
|Sweet Freedom Chocolate Shot Liquid Chocolate||0g per 5g teaspoon|
Maltesers hot chocolate has one of the highest salt contents when mixed with hot semi-skimmed milk, with 0.8g of salt per serving. Cadbury’s instant hot chocolate contains 0.55g
Weight Watchers’ hot chocolate was one of the most innocent drinks in our analysis, containing 0.2g of salt – but it still exceeds the government’s target for 2017. Sweet Freedom’s Choc Shot on the other hand contains no salt at all and is only 13 calories a teaspoon
Cadbury’s Fair Trade Instant Hot Chocolate also neared the top of the table as the drinks contains 0.55g per 25g serving in 200ml of hot water.
Six of the hot chocolates contained more salt than a packet of ready salted crisps.
And all but one of the drinks exceeded the government’s 2017 target for drinking chocolates to contain just 0.15g of salt per 100g.
The only drink to meet the measure was Sweet Freedom’s Choc Shot, which contains no salt at all.
Aero came middle of the pile as its 24g serving contains 0.3g of salt, while Cadbury’s ‘add milk’ hot chocolate came slightly above in the article with 0.38g of salt per serving
Today, CASH urged Public Health England (PHE) to ensure the 2017 targets are met and to set mandatory targets for 2020.
Chairman Graham MacGregor, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary, University of London, said: ‘This is a national scandal. The UK was leading the world in salt reduction, but PHE are doing nothing to ensure that the 2017 salt targets are met.’
Dr Alison Tedstone, of PHE, responded: ‘The food industry has reduced the amount of salt in our foods by 11 per cent in recent years, which is encouraging progress. We know there is more to do.’
MailOnline has contacted the makers of the drinks included in the analysis for comment.