Beware the sausage fizzle
by Amelia Harray, Dietitian
- January 23, 2018
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- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Sugary drinks
- Junk Food
- Budget Friendly
- Smart Swaps
- Recipe Ideas
Last year, LiveLighter analysed 49 different types of BBQ sausages available at two major supermarket chains in the Perth metro area for the proportion of meat, energy (kJ) content, saturated fat, sodium (salt) and price. LiveLighter Dietitian Amelia featured on Today Tonight talking about the results.
Sausages varied in the proportion and quality of meat, nutritional value and price and, despite claims that a product was healthier such as 'gluten free' or 'no added hormone beef', the results show that all can be classified as ‘junk food’.
What we found
- The price of sausages analysed varied from $0.31 to $1.79 per sausage.
- The cheapest sausages were the Woolworths Market Value thin beef sausages ($0.44 per 100g). These also had the highest amount of saturated fat.
- The most expensive sausages were Created with Jamie Classic Cumberland Pork Sausages and Peppercorn Extra Lean Beef Sausages both ($1.89 per 100g).
Frankfurts and hot dogs
- 13 frankfurts or hotdogs were available and included in our analysis.
- No frankfurts or hotdogs available had acceptable amounts of saturated fat or salt.
- All contained excessive amounts of salt ranging from 927mg – 1400mg per 100g and some contained as little as 66% meat.
LiveLighter's Top BBQ Tips
Summer BBQ's are a great opportunity to offer a range of healthier alternatives. Lean meats, vegetables and even fruit can be barbecued and help to add to your 5 veg and 2 fruit for the day.
- Replace sausages with steak, chicken or rissoles on the BBQ
- Go for a chicken or kangaroo sausage or ask your local butcher for fresh meat sausages
- Choose wholemeal or multigrain rolls and bread for hot dogs
- Add easy to handle vegies to the BBQ, such as corn, capsicum quarters, veg skewers
- Add a salad to your plate
- Limit junk foods to occasionally and in small amounts
- Have healthy dips with veg sticks for people to snack on
- Replace soft drinks with water (sparkling, still or fancy)
- Replace crisps with homemade popcorn
- Get moving by starting a game of footy, cricket or even a dance-off!