THE Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK, 香港中文大學) has recently discovered that locals eat too much salt. This is because dishes in cha chaan tengs are too salty. Too much salt, or sodium, can lead to high blood pressure and even strokes.
According to a CUHK study, the Hong Kong adults’ average daily intake of sodium has been rising. From 2000 to 2002, it was 9.9g, which is almost double the amount recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO, 世界衛生組織), or 5g.
But it is not easy to cut down when the different labels on food items are confusing. They might say ‘every serving size’ or ‘every package’. The WHO has recommended food producers print front of pack labelling, as it is clearer to read.
(This article is published on Goodies on 27 March 2017)