Chinese takeaway dishes 'should carry warnings about salt content'

Eating too much salt has been linked to degenerative health conditions
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Combined with side dishes like noodles or fried rice would push them near or over the daily limit, not to mention adding dips like soy sauce that can push up the salt intake by as much as another 4 grams per serving.

While the group said that there were variations in the salt content from restaurant to restaurant, one of the black bean dishes analysed contained a whopping 11.5g of salt - nearly double an adult's daily recommended allowance.

In a study published today by campaign group Action on Salt, the "worst-offending" takeaway dishes were found to contain as much salt as five McDonald's Big Macs, says The Guardian.

Researchers studied more than 150 popular Chinese dishes and found that some contained five times more salt than a Big Mac, and many contained well over an adult's recommended 6g daily allowance of salt.

Chinese takeaways should come with compulsory health warnings because they contain such high levels of salt, according to health campaigners. Expending excessively salt has been related to the advancement of degenerative wellbeing conditions, which incorporate coronary illness. Soy sauces were by far the saltiest - on average being over five times saltier than seawater, with sides and dipping sauces in some cases adding almost 4g of salt per person to a meal.

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.

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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% less than it used to.

It said: 'Salt is the forgotten killer as it puts up our blood pressure, leading to tens of thousands of strokes, heart failure and heart attacks every year'.

"This week, as part of Salt Awareness Week, we are asking everyone, including the food industry, to think first and use less salt". "We'll report on their progress this year".

"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.

Public Health England has been encouraging the food industry to cut salt levels and, in a bid to combat the issue, the Government has set salt reduction targets for food producers.

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