Monday, May 3, 2010

NOT SO HEALTHY!! high on Salt

Curry sold in UK has high salt content: Study
Kounteya Sinha | TNN

New Delhi: Sale of Indian curry — Britain’s most loved cuisine — could take a serious beating in the UK.
Research by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), an influential British group of scientists and doctors working towards reducing use of salt in food, has found that curry takeaways sold across British supermarkets and stores, with all the extras like rice, naan, saag aloo, pappad and chutney, contains nearly 21 gram of salt — over three times the maximum recommended intake of 6 gram a day.
The new research, the largest of its kind in the UK, that surveyed 784 products sold in supermarkets, independent shops and takeaway restaurants, revealed “very high levels of salt hidden in bought Indian and South Asian cuisine including takeaways, ready meals, cooking sauces, chutneys, pickles and side dishes”.
Around 29 of the 52 chutneys and pickles surveyed “were saltier than the Atlantic Ocean”. The findings, shared with the Indian members of CASH, said the lack of clear labelling on the packaging, combined with the spicy ingredients masking the salty flavour, made it very hard for people to know how much salt they were eating.
The researchers said, “Very high levels of unnecessary salt added to our food is increasing our blood pressure and leading to thousands of people needlessly dying of strokes and heart attacks every year.”

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