Some soups can contain as much salt as 16 bags of crisps, researchers have claimed.

Campaign group Consensus Action on Salt & Health analysed soups sold in takeaway and supermarket outlets around the UK.

A 907ml serving of Very Big Soup Bold Thai Green Chicken Curry was found to contain 8.07 grams of salt – almost the same as three 'Big Mac and fries' meals or 16 bags of Walkers Ready Salted crisps.

The group analysed 575 ready-to-eat ranges and found 23 instances of supermarket lines with a least 2g of salt. These included major brands such as Heinz, New Covent Garden and Batchelors.

“We commend the [industry’s progress on taking out salt] so far, but they haven’t gone far enough if we are to save the maximum number of lives,” CASH chairman Professor Graham MacGregor told the Daily Mail.

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