Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) recommend a daily maximum salt intake of 6g, however 784 products sold in supermarkets, independent shops and takeaway restaurants and curry dishes accompanied by rice, naan, sag aloo, poppadoms and chutney were found to contain up to 20.5g of salt.
Iceland’s frozen 450g chiken tikki balti contained over 7.2g of salt, the equivalent of over a teaspoon without any rice or side dishes. Lidl’s frozen Kan Pur Garden Korma with Pilau Rice contains 4.5g.
Over half of all the pickles and chutneys that were tested were saltier than Atlantic seawater weight for weight with just one 30g spoonful of Priya’s lime pickle containing over seven times the salt concentration of the sea.
The chairman of cash has stressed that it is these types of foods with unnecessary levels of salt that increase blood pressure and cause strokes, heart attacks and heart failures throughout the year.
Labelling on packaging in both takeaway restaurants and supermarkets needs to be far more clear for consumers.
A British Heart Foundation spokeswoman, Mubeen Bhutta, said: “The level of salt in some of these curries is frankly outrageous, but it’s often tucked away behind unhelpful food labels where it’s difficult to spot.
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