Hidden salt in restaurant meals11th March 2013
Consensus Action on Salt and Heath (Cash) has carried out a survey of 664 restaurant meals and found 50% had high salt levels.
Their research revealed 347 meals had over 2.4g of salt per portion, which would put them in the red traffic light category for food labelling.
The survey showed the 13 meals with the most salt contained over the RDA maximum of 6g per day.
Cash looked at salt levels in meals served at 29 high street restaurants, cafes and fast food establishments.
The saltiest meals were a gammon and chips plate at J.D.Wetherspoon's (8.9%), game meatballs at Jamie's Italian (8.1%) and spaghetti alle vongole at Carluccio's (8.0%).
Tracy Parker, dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said: "We're all eating too much salt and with one in six meals being eaten out of the home, it's important to keep an eye on our salt intake all the time."
"It's vital restaurants provide clear menu labelling showing us how much salt is our dinner, but chefs should ideally be cutting back on the salt they use and giving the diner the choice."
"Until then, using information on restaurants' websites before you go out can help you eat more healthily when eating out."
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