Have you ever gone out for a meal or had a takeaway and then not been able to get a good night’s sleep because you keep waking up thirsty? As we try and cut down on the amount of salt we are putting in our food at home, many restaurants are still keeping the salt in their food.
This week is Salt Awareness Week. CASH have just published new research which found:
Five of the top saltiest main meals [portion size stated where known]:
1. JD Wetherspoons’ [10oz gammon with eggs, chips, peas, tomato & flat mushroom] = 8.9g salt per portion
2. Jamie’s Italian [game meatball] = 8.1g salt per 570g portion
3. Carluccio’s [spaghetti alle vongole in bianco] = 8.0g
4. Gordon Ramsay’s The Savoy Grill’s [steamed mussels cider cream sauce and fries] = 7.3g salt per 510g portion
5. Wagamama’s Yaki Udon = 7.0g salt per 620g portion
Check out this page for more reports.
Is this really what we want to be doing to our bodies when we go out for food. Some of those dishes probably cost a fair amount too. Perhaps we, the consumer, should start to put pressure on our top chefs and big chains to change from the old fashioned we use sea salt rather than table/rock salt message to using their skills and knowledge of herbs and spices and other ingredients to improve flavour. I have been up for the challenge of reducing salt without cutting flavour, are they?