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

Eating too much salt has been linked to degenerative health conditions
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A POPULAR Chinese takeaway dish contains five times more salt than a Big Mac, experts have warned.

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.

"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".

In February, new voluntary codes of practice restricting the advertising and marketing in Ireland of high fat, sugar, salt (HFSS) foods, such as snack foods, fizzy drinks and confectionary was announced.

Action on Salt also looked at 141 supermarket Chinese ready meals.

Action on Salt is now calling on Public Health England (PHE) to set new salt targets and make front of pack labelling mandatory.

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Beef with black bean sauce is the worst offender, analysis of London Chinatown takeaway menus showed, with more than six grams of salt per serving, equivalent to an adult's total recommended daily allowance.

Decreasing salt consumption to 6 grams a day (from the current average of about 8.1 grams) would save lives of nearly 17,000 Brits a year, according to Action on Salt. The average intake for the United Kingdom was 8.5g, U.S. was 9.6kg, Japan was 11.7g and China was 13.4g.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the WHP (and really, any health organization), excess sodium ('table salt' is a sodium salt) can increase blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Accompanying rice dishes, spring rolls and prawn crackers - and soy sauce - can pile on the salt in a Chinese meal. Over half (58%) contained more than 3g of salt per dish - half of the recommended daily intake in the United Kingdom, 6g of salt (the World Health Organization recommends no more than 5g of salt). When eaten with egg fried rice, which contains 5g of salt, the total salt content of the meal reaches 11.5g.

Action on Salt claim that for every 1g reduction in salt intake, 7000 deaths are prevented from strokes and heart disease. From the six dishes from six Chinese eateries investigated, 97 percent were found to contain no less than 2 grams of salt.

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