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Salt in hospital food 'too high'

11th October 2010

Researchers have said that the meals served to child patients in hospitals in the UK contain unacceptably high levels of fat and salt.

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The research showed that the amount of fat and salt in 85 out of the 189 hospital meals they tested meant they would not be able to be served in schools.

The study, by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash), discovered that one third of hospital meals would be classified as "red" for its salt or fat content under the Food Standards Agency's traffic scoring system.

The research showed that chicken tikka masala provided in hospitals had 14 times the salt (2.2g) and more than eight times the fat (6g) than the chicken balti served by schools.

Hospital lasagne had almost six times the salt than school lasagne, while hospital pizza had nearly twice the amount of salt as school pizza.

Sticky toffee pudding served in hospitals had 19g of saturated fat per serving - six times more than the pudding served in schools, which contained 3g per serving.

Professor Graham McGregor, from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine and chairman of Cash, said: "With everything we know about the risk of children developing high blood pressure and diet-related diseases such as obesity, it is vital to keep their consumption of salt and saturated fat as low as possible, while still being appetising."

"When such great progress has been made on what pupils are eating in school it is shocking that children in hospitals are being ignored."


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