Turns Out Coffee Shops Can Be As Bad For You As McDonald’s


Those of you who like to grab a cheeky sandwich deal from one of our beloved coffee chains, we have some pretty bad news for you.

Three of Britain’s biggest are selling sandwiches and pastries containing more salt than a McDonald’s Big Mac, a new study has claimed.

To make matters worse, some of the items sold at the likes of Starbucks, Costa and Caffé Nero contain more than half the recommended daily allowance recommended by the Department for Health.

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While a Big Mac contains 2.3g of salt (quite a lot), Starbucks’ crocque monsiuer panini meanwhile contained even more at 3.1g.

And it doesn’t stop there. Costa’s mozzarella and tomato sourdough panini contained 2.7g and a bacon and brie Panini from Caffé Nero had 3.2g.

Just in case you didn’t know, our recommended daily intake is only supposed to reach 6g.


The research was carried out by the Sunday Telegraph and campaign group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), ahead of the launch of Salt Awareness Week.

Nutritionist and campaign manager for CASH, Sonia Pombo, told the Sunday Telegraph:

It’s shocking to see reputable coffee shop chains such as Costa Coffee, Café Nero and Starbucks, which portray a healthy lifestyle image, selling these products so high in salt.

Spokespeople for all three chains said they were committed to reducing salt content in its food and had claimed they had gradually reduced salt levels in its food in recent years.


But if this information is anything to go by, it seems they’re doing nowhere near enough.