Calls for warnings on labels of 'astonishingly salty' Chinese food

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Calls for warnings on labels of 'astonishingly salty' Chinese food

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.

With 22 million takeaways eaten by United Kingdom adults each week - Chinese being the most popular - there's an urgent demand to drastically cut salt content, they said.

Many other takeaway dishes contain more than half an adult's daily sodium allowance, and some rice dishes pack in more salt than 11 bags of ready salted chips.

Action on Salt also examined the salt content of Chinese ready meals from popular supermarkets and found that some dishes had more than 4g of salt per pack.

Chinese takeaway meals from restaurants and supermarkets should carry health warnings because they are often high in salt, a campaign group says. Adding noodles took the salt figure to 11.5g - the equivalent to 33 packets of crisps. With this in mind, Action on Salt, a group concerned with salt and its effects on health, supported by 25 expert scientific members, analyzed 150 Chinese foods.

Checking the nutritional values on food packaging can help you check how much salt you will be eating. Study authors call on policymakers to make health labeling mandatory.

It meant having a main and a side dish would contain more salt than the recommended daily limit of 6g. It found beef in black bean sauce from one outlet contained 6.8g of salt.

Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said: "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".

Consuming too much salt has been associated with the development of degenerative health conditions, which include heart disease.

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.

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

Public Health England has been encouraging the food industry to cut salt levels in food.

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