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Tested noodles are too salty

2018.02.26
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SEVENTY-SIX out of 100 samples of Asian soup noodles are too salty, the Consumer Council (消費者委員會) has found.
The watchdog and the Centre for Food Safety(食物安全中心) have tested 10 types of Asian soup noodles, totalling 100 samples, and 76 of them had salt content exceeding the World Health Organisation’s recommended daily intake of 2,000 milligrams for an average adult.
The sample with the most sodium, spicy rice noodles, is twice as high as the WHO limit, meaning having one bowl and drinking all the soup would be the equivalent of the sodium intake limit for three days.
A spokesman noted that not only is the soup salty, chefs may also add more salt in other ingredients. “Not drinking soup is one of the methods for not consuming so much salt,” he said, “However, ordering soup noodles tested to be less salty is another method to reduce salt intake.”
The centre cautioned that taking too much sodium or salt risks high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, and suggested restaurants let customers add the sauces or other condiments by themselves.
Some restaurants agreed to or would consider lowering the sodium level in their food, but some said they would not. A Singaporean restaurant said Singapore (新加坡) food is known to be spicy with strong flavours. If it changed the flavour to meet the needs of a healthier diet, it would go against its claim to provide the genuine flavour of Singaporean food.

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 26 February 2018)

Consumer Council press release
https:// goo.gl/WWK4jV

Reduction of dietary sodium and sugar
https:// goo.gl/VjCph7

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