Chinese takeaways contain five times more salt than a McDonald's Big Mac

Chinese takeaways contain five times more salt than a McDonald's Big Mac

Dishes tested at London Chinese restaurants have discovered a shocking amount of "deadly" salt in them. 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. Add some soy sauce dip and you're already pushing your risk factors for stroke and heart disease. With over 22 million takeaways eaten every week in the United Kingdom alone, understanding the health impacts of these foods is a significant concern.

And out of 141 Chinese ready meals at top United Kingdom supermarkets tested by researchers, 43% were high in salt. Over half (58%) contained more than 3g of salt per dish - half of the recommended daily intake in the United Kingdom, 6g of salt (the World Health Organization recommends no more than 5g of salt). While the report revealed that 97 percent contained 2g salt or even more as per the dish served.

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".

A file photo of a Chinese takeaway dish, July 29, 2008.

More salt is included when customers include side dishes and plunging sauces to their dinners as these give about another 4 grams of salt for every individual. When eaten with egg fried rice, which contains 5g of salt, the total salt content of the meal reaches 11.5g.

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The review, be that as it may, found that nearly 50% of 141 store Chinese prepared suppers broke down contain more than 1.8 grams of salt for every segment, which is sufficiently high to convey a red warning mark on the pack.

Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Salt, said reducing salt is the most cost-effective method of cutting deaths from strokes or heart disease annually.

Decreasing salt consumption to 6 grams a day (from the current average of about 8.1 grams) would save lives of nearly 17,000 Brits a year, according to Action on Salt.

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".

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