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Chinese takeaway dishes 'should carry warnings about salt content'

14 March 2018

Further, the team of takeaway planned of buying food from six different restaurants, from the famous Chinatown lane, to find out the level of salt contained in the food.

Many Chinese meals should carry a health warning, a campaign group has warned, as an investigation revealed that some of the saltiest takeaways contain as much salt as five Big Macs.

British adults eat 22 million takeaways a week and the Chinese is the most popular, SWNS reported.

But Beef in black bean sauce is the worst offender with more than 6g of salt per serving - soaring to a staggering 11.5g when teamed with egg fried rice.

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Action on Salt also looked at 141 supermarket Chinese ready meals. Iceland's Takeaway Egg Fried Rice has 4.1g salt per 350g pack - more salt than 11 bags of ready salted crisps -compared to Tesco's Egg Fried Rice with 0.1g per 250g pack.

The researchers said sweet sour pork, Kung Pao chicken, Mapo tofu, and other popular dishes sold in supermarkets and at restaurants have such high salt levels they could pose health impacts of "significant concern".

In the six eateries tested at Queen Mary Hospital nearly all dishes contained 2g of salt or more per dish.

By contrast a McDonald's Big Mac contains just 2.3g of salt, which is still around a third of the recommended healthy limit.

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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".

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".

"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."We are now calling on Public Health England to take immediate action".

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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"We've been very clear with the food industry on the importance of meeting the 2017 salt targets".

Chinese takeaway dishes 'should carry warnings about salt content'