Pizza Hut, GBK and more serve kids’ meals with unacceptably high levels of salt

health activists have warned that several established UK restaurant chains are serving dishes of unacceptably high content Salt for children.

A third of the meals (34%) were surveyed by Action on salt contained 2g or more of salt – or two-thirds of the maximum daily allowance for four to six year olds.

Of the 302 meals studied, 41% were rich in Saltwith more than 1.8 g.

The saltiest meal was Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s cheeseburger with skinny fries, which contained 4.8g of salt.

Restaurants have been asked to gradually reduce this amount of salt be added to their dishes, with a target rate of no more than 1.71g for children’s dishes.

However, almost half (43%) of survey meals exceeded this level.

More than three-quarters of the meals served at Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Pizza Hut exceed that salt target.

The Argus: More than three quarters of meals at GBK and Pizza Hut exceeded salt target (Canva)More than three-quarters of meals at GBK and Pizza Hut exceeded salt target (Canva)

Meanwhile, at Brewer’s Fayre, Burger King and Ikea, all of their children’s meals fell under 1.71g. Action on salt said.

In some cases, the survey found that similar dishes contain significantly different amounts of Salt depending on the restaurant with Prezzo’s Spaghetti Bolognese with 3.2g compared to Beefeater’s Spaghetti Bolognese with 0.3g.

Action on salt Nutritionist Sonia Pombo said: “It has been three years since our last survey revealed the unacceptably high levels Salt Dishes served in British restaurants and it is now perfectly clear that no progress has been made.

“These stark new findings should be a wake-up call for the sector to make children’s health a priority.”

Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chair of Action on saltsaid: “Gradual reduction of Salt added to our diet is the most cost-effective way to lower blood pressure, thereby reducing the thousands of strokes and heart disease caused by excess salt intake.

“Ministers must now force recalcitrant restaurants to stop adding all this Salt with a mandatory reformulation program, better labeling and restrictions on marketing and promotions to truly stop this tide of unhealthy food being served and endangering the future health of our children.” Pizza Hut, GBK and more serve kids’ meals with unacceptably high levels of salt

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