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Salty meals for children in pubs

Thursday June 14th, 2012

Children's pub meals are "packed" with salt, according to a study reported today.

A single helping of some pub meals can take a child well over the guideline level of salt they should be consuming, according to campaigners.

And the worst offender was an apparently healthy veggie burger, served with mashed potato and spiced up with 5.3g of salt. The recommended level is 4g.

Campaigners said menus had inadequate nutritional information - making it hard for parents to choose healthy meals.

The findings are being reported by Consensus Action on Salt and Health.

Mubeen Bhutta, of the British Heart Foundation, said: "Most parents do everything they can to keep their family healthy, and so many mums and dads strive to avoid the salt shaker.

“The disappointing thing about these findings is that parents choosing to head out for lunch are being kept in the dark about the amount of salt served up in their child’s food.

“Whether you’re out at a restaurant or shopping in the supermarket, consistent traffic light coloured labelling on packs and menus would give busy parents the at-a-glance information they need.”

Tags: Child Health | Diet & Food | UK News

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