Call for salt action on Chinese takeaways and ready meals

13 March, 2018, 21:39 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

Expending excessively salt has been related to the advancement of degenerative wellbeing conditions, which incorporate coronary illness.

Sarah Alderton, assistant nutritionist at Action on Salt said: "Considering how many millions of takeaways and ready meals are eaten in the United Kingdom each week, the food industry must be held to account, with new salt targets set by the government to ensure the salt content of these meals is reduced to much lower levels, and fast".

Your favourite Chinese takeaway meal could contain half your recommended salt allowance for the day. Out of the tested foods (all in the UK), 97% contained a hefty 2g of salt or more per dish.

Meanwhile, a Big Mac from McDonald's contains just 2.3g of salt - around a third of the recommended healthy limit.

"The current target is to reduce salt intake to an average of 6g a day for adults and even less for children, from the current average of 8.1g a day", Salt on Action said.

And out of 141 Chinese ready meals at top United Kingdom supermarkets tested by researchers, 43% were high in salt.

The survey, which coincides with the 19th Salt Awareness Week (12-18 March 2018), found 43% of 141 ready meals surveyed were high in salt - containing over 1.5g/100g or 1.8g per portion - and would receive a red label on front of pack.

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An analysis of more than 150 Chinese dishes found that many of them contain disturbingly high amounts of salt - some being five times more salty than a Big Mac. An additional serving of egg and fried rice could mean an extra 5.3 grams and 2.3 grams of salt. "If the food industry don't comply, they should be made mandatory".

The report also advised diners to go easy when flavouring food with soy sauce, which is more than five times as salty as seawater.

"Salt is the forgotten killer as it puts up our blood pressure, leading to tens of thousands of unnecessary strokes, heart failure and heart attacks every year", said Action on Salt chair Graham MacGregor, a professor of cardiovascular medicine.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHP (and really, any health organization), excess sodium ('table salt' is a sodium salt) can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "Our salt consumption has decreased over the last decade - a loaf of bread has 40 per cent less than it used to".

"The food industry must be held to account, with new salt targets set by the government to ensure the salt content of these meals is reduced to much lower levels, and fast".



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