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Some cheese 'contains more salt than seawater'

Some cheese contains more salt than seawater, new research has found, amid warnings about the high salt content in the majority of cheese sold in Britain.

The study, published in the journal BMJ Open, found halloumi and imported blue cheese had the highest salt content.

Researchers said the findings prove more stringent salt reduction targets are needed.

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Some cheese 'contains more salt than seawater'

Some cheese contains more salt than seawater, new research has found, amid warnings about the high salt content in the majority of cheese sold in Britain.

Research published in BMJ Open found halloumi and imported blue cheese had the highest salt content, while cottage cheese had the lowest.

Imported blue cheese was said to have the highest amount of salt in it. Credit: Reuters

Large variations in salt content were found in the 612 cheeses examined - even different versions of the same cheese were found to vary.

Some types of cheddar - the most popular choice among British consumers - had much higher levels of salt than others, with supermarket own brands having lower levels than branded counterparts.

Researchers said a diet high in salt has been linked to numerous adverse affects on health including high blood pressure and an increased risk of stomach cancer and obesity.

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