Call for salt warnings on takeaways ready meals

Call for salt warnings on takeaways ready meals

Eating too much salt has been linked to degenerative health conditions including heart disease.

Wellbeing specialists said that decreasing the measure of salt admission is considered as the most financially savvy intends to lessen the quantity of individuals who pass on our experience the ill effects of strokes and heart diseases.Findings of another overview by UK-construct Action in light of Salt, nonetheless, propose that there is an earnest need to diminish the measure of salt in prominent takeaway dishes and prepared dinners.

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. Results of the survey, which was released on Tuesday, revealed that the worst-offending Chinese takeaway dishes contain about the same amount of salt consumed in five McDonald's Big Macs.

"Chinese meals should carry a health warning on packaging and menus after a new survey based at the Wolfson Institute, Barts & The London, Queen Mary University of London has exposed the astonishing and harmful amounts of salt found in both Chinese takeaways and Chinese ready meals sold by some of the UK's biggest supermarkets".

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. More than half (58 per cent) contained 3g of salt per dish - half the maximum recommended daily intake for an adult.

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

It also advised consumers to exercise caution when adding soy sauce to meals, as it is over five times saltier than seawater. Study authors call on policymakers to make health labeling mandatory. However, some products are still too high in salt and we know this can be reduced further.

"This week, as part of Salt Awareness Week, we are asking everyone, including the food industry, to think first and use less salt".

"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", said Action on Salt chair Graham MacGregor, a professor of cardiovascular medicine. "This reduction will have a large impact on reducing strokes by approximately 22% and heart attacks by 16% saving 17,000 lives in the United Kingdom as well as other health benefits for the population", Salt on Action said.

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