A campaign group called Action on Salt, which specifically deals with the effects of salt on the human body, has recently analyzed more than 150 Chinese dishes, and found out that some of those contained more than half an adult's recommended 6g (0.2oz) daily allowance of salt.
According to the study, the saltiest dish was beef in black bean sauce, with up to 6.8g of salt. A serving of egg fried rice was revealed to have between 5.3g to 2.3g of salt. And finally, adding any sort of side dishes and/or dipping sauces provided another 4g of salt. This doesn't only incorporate takeaway meals from restaurants. The study also tested meals from supermarkets and grocery stores as well.
“Salt is the forgotten killer as it puts up our blood pressure, leading to tens of thousands of unnecessary strokes, heart failure and heart attacks every year,” says Graham MacGregor, chairman of Action on Salt, and a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London. "Reducing salt is the most cost-effective measure to reduce the number of people dying or suffering from strokes or heart disease."
The recommended plan is now to try and put warning labels on such dishes.