The review, be that as it may, found that nearly 50% of 141 store Chinese prepared suppers broke down contain more than 1.8 grams of salt for every segment, which is sufficiently high to convey a red warning mark on the pack. "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.
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. 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).
"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.More news: Volkswagen Plans 16 Production Sites For Electric Vehicles By 2022-end
Of the six dishes from six Chinese restaurants analyzed, 97 percent were found to contain at least 2 grams of salt.
The investigation found that some sauces served with Chinese meals also contained excessively high levels of salt.
More salt is added when consumers add side dishes and dipping sauces to their meals as these provide almost another 4 grams of salt per person. Study authors call on policymakers to make health labeling mandatory.More news: Bank of America (BAC) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Shows
Action on Salt is calling on governmental action to limit levels of salt in meals through setting new salt targets, making front of pack labelling mandatory and putting warning labels on menus for dishes high in salt.
Dr Alison Tedstone, Public Health England's chief nutritionist, said: "Our salt consumption has decreased over the last decade - a loaf of bread has forty per cent less than it used to".
"This week, as part of Salt Awareness Week, we are asking everyone, including the food industry, to think first and use less salt".More news: An ICE spokesman quit over the Trump administration's "misleading facts"
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. We'll report on their progress this year and on any necessary advice to government on the next steps". "We are now calling on PHE to take immediate action".