Wednesday 26 June 2019

Chinese meals contain half daily salt intake

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Ella Pickover

Some Chinese takeaway meals have half an adult's recommended daily allowance in just one dish.

Salt warnings should be compulsory for Chinese takeaways and ready meals, health campaigners have said. Action on Salt said there is urgent need to reduce salt content in popular takeaways and ready meals.

The UK campaign group performed analysis on dishes from six Chinese restaurants and found 97pc contained 2g of salt or more per dish.

Some 58pc contained more than 3g of salt per dish - half an adult's maximum recommended daily intake.

Adding side dishes would mean that people exceed the 6g per day recommended limit of salt in one meal alone.

Action on Salt also examined the salt content of Chinese ready meals from supermarkets and found some dishes had more than 4g of salt.

Of the 141 ready meals analysed, 43pc were deemed to be high in salt.

Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and chairman of Action on Salt, added: "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."

Irish Independent

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