Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

According to a report by Action on Salt, beef with black bean sauce has over 6g of salt per serving, which is the equivalent to an adult's total daily recommended allowance.

When served with egg fried rice, which also contains up to five grams of salt per portion, the total salt content rises to 11.5g, or twice the recommended daily limit.

Some supermarket meals contained more salt than two store-bought Pizza Express Margherita Pizzas AND certain rice dishes have more salt than 11 bags ready salted crisps.

Nearly all dishes tested at six London restaurants by researchers at Queen Mary Hospital had 2g of salt, and three in five 3g or more.

A diet with high salt is linked to health problems such as heart disease.

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".

The group also looked at Chinese ready meals from supermarkets and found that, of the 141 examined, 43% were high in salt - high enough to receive a red warning label on the front of the pack.

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. "If the food industry don't comply, they should be made mandatory". Action on Salt claim that for every 1g reduction in salt intake, 7000 deaths are prevented from strokes and heart disease.

"Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to reduce the number of people dying or suffering from strokes or heart disease".

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% less than it used to".

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

Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at London's Queen Mary University and chairman of Action on Salt, called on health bodies to take immediate action.

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