Chinese ready meals should carry mandatory health warnings, says campaign group

Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

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

From the six dishes from six Chinese eateries investigated, 97 percent were found to contain no less than 2 grams of salt.

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.

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".

Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

Some of these meals contain half of an adult's recommended daily allowance is only one dish. Expending excessively salt has been related to the advancement of degenerative wellbeing conditions, which incorporate coronary illness. Soy sauce, a staple of Chinese cuisine, is extremely salty, but sweet sauces and foods can also contain impressive amounts of salt (which is often used as a flavor enhancer).

Health campaigners have called for salt warnings to be compulsory for Chinese takeaways and ready meals.

Salt, rice dishes and other sides, such as spring rolls and prawn crackers, can add a significant amount of salt to a meal.

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The levels of salt increased when the group analysed 141 ready meals and found that some dishes had more than 4g of salt per pack.

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

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Graham MacGregor from the Queen Mary University of London said in a statement that, " 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'll report on their progress this year and on any necessary advice to government on the next steps".

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Health experts said that reducing the amount of salt intake is considered as the most cost-effective means to reduce the number of people who die or suffer from strokes and heart diseases.

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.

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