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    Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

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    Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 13 Mar 2018, 11:23 am

    Calls for warnings on ‘astonishingly salty’ Chinese takeaways - here are the worst offenders:

    Health warnings should be compulsory on Chinese takeaways and ready meals due to “astonishing and harmful” levels of salt, health experts have said.

    Some ready meal dishes available at popular UK supermarkets have more than half an adults 6g recommended daily allowance, Action on Salt found.

    The campaign group said that adding side dishes would mean that people exceed the 6g per day recommended limit of salt in one meal alone.

    Of the 141 ready meals analysed, 43 per cent were deemed to be high in salt and would receive a red label on front of pack.

    Read more on this article from The Evening Standard HERE




    There is no-one who loves a Chinese takeaway more than me, but this bit of news is a shocker.

    It appears that salt and sugar levels in ready-made foods are killing us bit-by-bit.


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    Re: Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 15 Mar 2018, 11:25 am

    Funny that, as they don't taste particularly salty.

    Maybe we are so used to the taste of the level of saltiness in Chinese food that we do not even notice it after a while.

    What's the solution then ?

    Do we have to stop eating Chinese food or are the Chinese restaurants going to have to be forced to take some of the salt out ?
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    Re: Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 11:55 am

    It will require legislation to take or change the salt content of Chinese food.

    Just as sugar has been limited by statute, salt would need similar laws to force the makers to change their salt content.

    This is something that we are just going to have to wait patiently for.


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    Re: Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 17 Mar 2018, 11:56 am

    As salt is known as a "flavour enhancer" it tends to make the flavours that come from a Chinese takeaway more obvious and enjoyable without actually tasting of salt.

    I think that is a trick that the Chinese food industry learned many years ago.

    I took a look at "Science Focus", which is a site that a lot of us teachers use, and I found the reason why salt in food does not necessarily taste salty.

    Here is the answer to that question that I found: http://www.sciencefocus.com/qa/why-does-salt-enhance-flavour
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    Post by papa_umau on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 12:42 pm

    Thanks very much for your insight and your research Angie.

    I always suspected that salt was a flavour enhancer rather than something that made the food taste saltier.

    I guess the taste buds in our mouths can be fooled into thinking that all that salt is not really there.


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    Re: Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:43 am

    The removal of MSG has resulted in the upping of the salt content to maintain the level of perceived flavour would be my guess.

    I rarely buy Chinese food; I make it myself!
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    Re: Astonishingly salty Chinese takeaways.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 11:49 am

    Yes, I believe that Monosodium Glutamate has been either banned or forced to be reduced in Chinese food: as you say, hence the rise in the salt.

    I don't know what it is, but I have tried hard to make Chinese food at home and I always find that something is missing. Maybe the inscrutable Chinese have a secret they are not telling us about HG.


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