Ugh I see that our old "friends" from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), the self appointed moral guardians (doubtless earning a nice living from it) of our salt intakes, have decided to generate some PR for themselves today.
Quite why a body of people should make it their business to monitor how much salt we ingest is beyond me, why do they think they have a right to lecture us?
Anyhoo, if CASH's "research" of nearly 700 "popular meals" served in celebrity chef and High Street restaurants is to be believed 50% were high in salt.
A selection of main meals from six celebrity chef restaurants were analysed for their salt content including Brasserie Blanc (Raymond Blanc), Dinner (Heston Blumenthal), Frankies (Marco Pierre White), Jamie's Italian (Jamie Oliver), Fifteen (Jamie Oliver) and Savoy Grill (Gordon Ramsay).
From the celebrity chef restaurants tested, on average Jamie's Italian had the highest level of salt in their three dishes, while Heston's Dinner was shown to have the lowest values of salt, all below 1.5g of salt per dish.
Celebrity chef restaurants and High Street chain restaurants both came out higher for salt content than cafes and fast food chains, partly due to the larger portion sizes.
Five of the top saltiest main meals (salt per portion, 6g is the maximum recommended intake per day) as per the BBC:
- JD Wetherspoon's (10oz gammon with eggs, chips, peas, tomato & flat mushroom) = 8.9g
- Jamie's Italian (game meatballs) = 8.1g
- Carluccio's (spaghetti alle vongole in bianco) = 8.0g
- Gordon Ramsay's The Savoy Grill's (steamed mussels cider cream sauce and fries) = 7.3g
- Wagamama's Yaki Udon = 7.0g
So farking what!
Most normal people do not eat game meatballs everyday of the week, and even if they did if they drank plenty of water and sweated it out the "higher" salt content is irrelevant.
Needles to say the media headlines from this "research" will ensure that CASH receives some nice fat donations!
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