Takeaway health: Chinese food ‘should come with HEALTH WARNING over salt levels’

CHINESE food should carry a health warning because of the harmful amounts of salt found in favourites like sweet and sour chicken and egg fried rice, campaigners say.New analysis has revealed shocking levels of the killer condiment in takeaways and ready meals, with some of Britain’s saltiest dishes containing the same amount found in five Big Macs.Action on Salt, which carried out the investigation, has called on health chiefs to set tough new targets, make warning labels mandatory and slap hazard signs on restaurant menus.Takeaways bought from six independent restaurants in London’s famous Chinatown revealed 97 per cent contained 2g of salt or more per dish.More than half contained more than 3g of salt per dish – half the maximum recommended daily intake in one portion alone.The saltiest takeaway main with a rice/noodle side dish contained 11.50g salt, equal to five Big Macs, and getting near to the acute toxic levels of salt.In the supermarket the saltiest Chinese ready meal was Slimming World’s Chinese Style Banquet Rice with 4.40g salt per 550g pack – more salt than two store-bought Pizza Express margherita pizzas.

Incredibly, some dishes contain more salt than 11 bags ready salted crisps.Of the 141 ready meals surveyed 43 per cent were high in salt [containing more than 1.5g/100g or 1.8g per portion] and would receive a red warning label on the front of the pack.Sonia Pombo, of Action on Salt, said: “Our data shows food can be easily reformulated with lower levels of salt, so why haven’t all companies acted responsibly?“The lack of front-of-pack colour coded labelling on branded products makes it incredibly difficult for consumers to make healthier choices and that is simply unacceptable.”The campaign group last night demanded Public Health England [PHE] takes immediate action.They say that every 1g reduction in salt intake prevents 7,000 deaths, 4,000 of which are premature, from strokes and heart disease.Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “The researchers are right.Original SourceSimilar As


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