(Cover) – EN Fitness & Wellbeing – Chinese takeaway meals can contain extremely high levels of salt, a health organisation has cautioned.Officials at the U.K.-based Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) have conducted a study across a number of restaurants and analysed the nutritional content of more than 150 dishes. Accordingly, they found that some meals contained half the recommended daily allowance of salt, six grams, with popular dish beef with black bean sauce one of the saltiest. “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,” said Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Salt. “Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to reduce the number of people dying or suffering from strokes or heart disease.” The researchers found that only a few takeaway restaurant dishes had less than two grams of salt, with sides dishes and dipping sauces containing another four grams per person. In addition, it was discovered that prawn crackers and vegetable spring rolls had anywhere between 0.8 to 1.4 grams of salt per portion, and an added serving of egg fried rice to a meal could add 2.3 to 5.3 grams. Of the 141 ready meals surveyed, 43 per cent were high in salt. Mhairi Brown, an assistant nutritionist at World Action on Salt & Health, is now calling on Public Health England (PHE) to enforce compulsory health warnings on such products. “If Public Health England is serious about protecting our health, they should consider following the lead of the New York City Board of Health, which requires chain restaurants to put warning labels on high salt dishes, or Chile’s Ministry of Health, which places warning labels on all high salt, sugar and saturated fat products sold in supermarkets,” she added.© Cover Media