ASIA-inspired high street restaurants pack more than two days’ worth of salt into a single meal, research shows.
Diners at chains like Yo! Sushi, Wagamama, Itsu and Wasabi are far exceeding the NHS’s recommended limit of 6g per day with some of their dishes.
Getty Clare Thornton-Wood says the meals appear to be healthy but because of the high salt content ‘they are much less healthy then they seem’
It means some can consume the equivalent of 26 bags of ready salted crisps.
The World Health Organisation has warned that too much salt is as harmful as smoking — and can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and Type 2 diabetes.
A probe by The Sun on Sunday found the large spicy seafood ramen available at Yo! Sushi contains 13g of salt, while Wagamama’s chilli prawn and kimchee ramen has 9.4g.
Similarly, Wasabi’s large chicken katsu curry rice has 9.94g of salt. And even Itsu, which boasts its meals are “good for you”, has 4.2g in its chicken teriyaki “on a bed” dish.
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Clare Thornton-Wood, of the British Dietetic Association, described the findings as “disappointing”.
She added: “The meals from these chains would often be perceived as ‘healthy’ with the use of vegetables and vegetable protein sources or lean meat but the salt content means they are much less healthy then they seem.”
The restaurant chains were all approached for comment.
Alamy Some high street chain restaurants have been found to pack more than two days’ worth of salt into a single meal
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