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Too much salt in canned and jarred vegetables

Too much salt is hidden in food, and regulators plan to work with manufacturers to cut back. People who need to be careful with salt, better not eat canned and jarred vegetables, according to The Dutch Consumer Federation based on its own research.

Too much salt is harmful to the blood pressure. The Dutch Consumer Federation examined with financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, 9 of the most popular types of processed vegetables from the freezer and canned in Dutch supermarkets.

All tested canned and jarred vegetables contained more salt than the upper limit, which the Nutrition Center uses. Frozen vegetables and fresh vegetables are better in that respect, according to the Consumer Federation.
In the Netherlands , Dutch consumers get on average 9 to 10 grams of salt a day, while the Health Board advises maximum 6 grams of salt per day.

Depending on the vegetable, it is usually better to buy frozen vegetables because they seldom have added salt. Most are frozen right at the field where they are picked. Because of being frozen so soon after being picked many actually have more nutrients than fresh vegetables.