Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

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".

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. The greater part had more than 3 grams of salt for every dish, or what might as well be called a large portion of the most extreme suggested day by day salt admission of grown-ups. With over 22 million takeaways eaten every week in the United Kingdom alone, understanding the health impacts of these foods is a significant concern. That's the equivalent of five Big Macs and nearly twice the maximum daily recommended intake of 6 grams per adult (about one teaspoon).

The results, published on Tuesday, March 13, showed the worst offender-Beef in Black Bean Sauce and Vegetable Noodles from Wong Kei restaurant-contained 11.5 grams of salt.

Meanwhile, a selection of takeaways from independent restaurants in London revealed that 97 per cent contained 2g of salt or more per dish.

A takeaway egg fried rice, at 4.4g of salt, had as much salt as 10 bags of ready salted crisps.


The saltiest Chinese dish found at United Kingdom supermarkets was Slimming World's Chinese Style Banquet Rice, which contained 4.4g of salt per pack.

Sonia Pombo, campaign manager at Action on Salt, said: "The lack of front-of-pack colour coded labelling on branded products makes it incredibly hard for consumers to make healthier choices and that is simply unacceptable".

The findings are concerning, and Action on Salt says that the first step towards tackling this issue is labeling - having a visual warning could help to make people more aware of how much salt they are consuming.

Action on Salt claim that for every 1g reduction in salt intake, 7000 deaths are prevented from strokes and heart disease.

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.

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