Chinese dishes like chow mein and sweet and sour pork are favourite takeaway dishes of many, but if your blood pressure is high, you might want to pass them on.
A new analysis that looked at over 150 Chinese dishes found that many of them contain such high levels of salt that they may pose heart risks. Some dishes should even contain a warning label, the researchers said. Read on for more.
New analysis finds that many Chinese dishes are bad for your heart health
The analysis, backed by 25 expert scientific members, found that some popular Chinese dishes, including sweet and sour pork, Kung Pao chicken and Mapo tofu, contain more salt than a Big Mac from McDonald’s. The tam said that these foods have such high levels of salt that they could pose health impacts of ‘significant concern’.
“Our data shows that food can be easily reformulated with lower levels of salt, so why haven’t all companies acted responsibly,” said Sonia Pombo, campaign manager at Action on Salt in a release issued with the study findings.
“The lack of front-of-pack colour-coded labelling on branded products makes it incredibly difficult for consumers to make healthier choices and that’s simply unacceptable. This week, as part of Salt Awareness Week, we’re asking everyone, including the food industry, to think first and use salt,” Pombo added.
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More than 97% of Chinese dishes contain 2 g of salt or more!
Of the foods they tested, the team found that 97% contained a hefty 2 g of salt or more and 58% contained more than 3 g of salt per dishes (that’s more than half of the 5 g daily intake recommended by the World Health Organization).
Commenting on the findings, Graham MacGregor, 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.” He is a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and chairman of Action of Salt.
“Reducing salt is the most cost effective measure to reduce the number of people dying or suffering from strokes or heart disease
,” MacGregor added.
Did you know that salt not only raises your blood pressure
, but your risk of type 2 diabetes
, too? Go here
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