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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Joy of Salt

Ugh I see that our old "friends" from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), the self appointed moral guardians (doubtless earning a nice living from it) of our salt intakes, have decided to generate some PR for themselves today.

Quite why a body of people should make it their business to monitor how much salt we ingest is beyond me, why do they think they have a right to lecture us?

Anyhoo, if CASH's "research" of nearly 700 "popular meals" served in celebrity chef and High Street restaurants is to be believed 50% were high in salt.

CASH also claim that the 13 saltiest main meals contained more than the maximum recommended daily intake of 6g of salt.

A selection of main meals from six celebrity chef restaurants were analysed for their salt content including Brasserie Blanc (Raymond Blanc), Dinner (Heston Blumenthal), Frankies (Marco Pierre White), Jamie's Italian (Jamie Oliver), Fifteen (Jamie Oliver) and Savoy Grill (Gordon Ramsay).

From the celebrity chef restaurants tested, on average Jamie's Italian had the highest level of salt in their three dishes, while Heston's Dinner was shown to have the lowest values of salt, all below 1.5g of salt per dish.

Celebrity chef restaurants and High Street chain restaurants both came out higher for salt content than cafes and fast food chains, partly due to the larger portion sizes.

Five of the top saltiest main meals (salt per portion, 6g is the maximum recommended intake per day) as per the BBC:
  1. JD Wetherspoon's (10oz gammon with eggs, chips, peas, tomato & flat mushroom) = 8.9g
  2. Jamie's Italian (game meatballs) = 8.1g
  3. Carluccio's (spaghetti alle vongole in bianco) = 8.0g
  4. Gordon Ramsay's The Savoy Grill's (steamed mussels cider cream sauce and fries) = 7.3g
  5. Wagamama's Yaki Udon = 7.0g

So farking what!

Most normal people do not eat game meatballs everyday of the week, and even if they did if they drank plenty of water and sweated it out the "higher" salt content is irrelevant.

This is a complete and utter waste of time, as a well balanced diet supplemented with exercise and a decent water intake will ensure that any "excess" salt will be excreted by the body.

Needles to say the media headlines from this "research" will ensure that CASH receives some nice fat donations!

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  1. Anonymous12:33 PM

    The thing that intrigues me is not the findings of this ‘research’, because we are inundated with this sort of crap on a daily basis, but rather why any of this nonsense is considered newsworthy.

    Who fucking cares?????????

  2. Disgusted, Tonbridge Wells4:32 PM

    Well, I have heart trouble but blood pressure isn't the cause, nor one of Nanny's other hobby-horses: atherosclerosis. In fact despite being 62 my arteries are clear, and my BP is on the low side so I don't have to worry about salt.

    Over to you, CASH!

  3. No fat donations, unless you mean from government. MacGregor pops up from time to time to prove that he's doing something and remind Whitehall that his £40k+ pa grant is due for renewal. ;)

  4. Anonymous8:38 AM

    I find this quite odd, especially considering only a few months ago we were being told that there's insufficient evidence to prove the affects of slat either way. Have a look at: There was also a similar article in that bastion of sensible news, (sarcasm, just in case I failed to convey it) the Daily Mail. Ahh the manifesto of the zealot. If only I could find such a niche complaint to fund my indulgence in the main food groups (alcohol, sugar, salt & fat).