Call for salt warnings on takeaways ready meals

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

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

Some of these dinners contain half of a grown-up's prescribed day to day recompense is just a single dish.

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.

An analysis of more than 150 Chinese dishes found that many of them contain disturbingly high amounts of salt - some being five times more salty than a Big Mac.

"The current target is to reduce salt intake to an average of 6g a day for adults and even less for children, from the current average of 8.1g a day", Salt on Action said.

Salty Chinese food carrying health warning labels is now being compulsorily followed in order to aware people consuming harmful and astonishing levels of salt found in the popular Chinese menus such as sour and sweet chicken and also egg fried rice, according to the recently released recommendations by the health experts from the United Kingdom.

The survey, however, found that almost half of 141 supermarket Chinese ready meals analyzed contain over 1.8 grams of salt per portion, which is high enough to carry a red notification label on the pack.

"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".

Of the 141 ready meals analysed, 43% were deemed to be high in salt and would receive a red label on front of pack.

"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 and on any necessary advice to government on the next steps".

Dr. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England suggests that our salt consumption has dropped over the last decade, however, there are some salt-rich products and we can reduce the consumption of these kinds of products.