High Salt High Street Serves Up Health Risks
UK high street restaurants are serving up high levels of salt with no indication to diners of the extent of the hidden salt content given.
Around 75% of popular high street restaurant main courses contained the total recommended daily intake of salt for children and more than a third contained the daily safe recommended levels of salt for adults.
Too much salt in the diet can contribute to many health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease and stomach cancer.
Trading Standards teamed up with CASH - Consensus Action on Salt - to survey meals at 16 of the countries most popular high street chains and are calling for restaurants to cut back on the amount of salt added to their meals.
Top chef Gordon Ramsey has said:
"A high salt diet poses many health risks and I urge all chefs to consider how much salt they add to their dishes"
Lobby group Consensus Action on Salt (Cash), together with Trading Standards, surveyed the salt content of 96 meals from 16 popular high-street chains, including Pizza Express, Wagamama, Nando’s and Frankie and Benny's.
It found that almost three in four main courses contained 3g of salt, the daily limit for a six-year-old.More than a third of the restaurants surveyed were found to be serving a main dish containing 6g of salt, the recommended daily adult limit.