A new UK study has revealed that Indian takeaways contain “shocking” levels of fat and salt, with a typical portion of chicken tikka masala found to contain 116 per cent of a person’s recommended daily limit of saturated fat, and 92 per cent of salt.
Food Standards Agency guidelines recommend that we eat no more than six grams of salt each day, and 70g of fat. Investigators also found that one in five sauces – out of a smaller sample of 25 – contained food colourings above legal limits.
Local council food standards officers have called for the Food Standards Agency to make it a priority to carry out a “more comprehensive study into the artificial colours found in chicken tikka masala sauce.” The reports also found similar alarming levels with Chinese takeaways across the country.Cantonese sweet and sour chicken with fried rice contained 119 per cent of the recommended salt limit and 16 teaspoons of sugar – 75 per cent of the daily limit.
“Local authorities should ensure further work with these ethnic kitchens to reduce the occurrence of providing such false information,” the Daily Mail quoted the report as saying.
Paul Bettison, of the Local Government Regulation Board, which co-ordinated the study, said, “The family takeaway is a tradition in many homes.”
“Everyone knows they often aren’t especially healthy and should be enjoyed in moderation. But just that one meal can contain so much fat, salt and sugar is truly shocking and unnecessary,” he added.
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