Beware! Indian Chips, Noodles Can Cause Heart Attack: Here’s The Reason Why?
A new study has shown that only a handful of chips or a packet of noodles or a meal of fast food, which may seem like a harmless intake once a while, can lead to grave consequences, and a heart attack is one of the many.
The report tells us that most snacks available in the Indian markets, even the ready to eat namkeens and noodles are dressed with huge amounts of salt and can result in a heart attack.
Find out how chips and noodles can cause a heart attack as revealed by this study right here.
Salt Content Of Chips Seven Times More Than Specified By The FSSAI
Ready to eat snacks, namkeens, chips, and noodles have huge amounts of salt in them, so much that it exceeds the permissible limit. A study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has now revealed that the amount of salt is about three to five times more than the limit specified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
CSE has also told that the tests they conducted has shown that chips from a popular brand have 1 gram of salt in 30 gram of chips. Another popular brand of chips has as much as 7 times the specified limit of salt.
Such high amounts of salt in food items is sure to take a toll on your health, even if consumed occasionally.
As per Dr Sunita Narain, director of CSE, salt, fat, trans fats, and carbohydrates in 33 popular junk foods have been tested. This included 14 samples of chips, namkeen, instant noodles and soups and 19 samples of burgers, fries, fried chicken, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps.
How Much Salt Should Be Consumed By A Person On A Daily Basis?
Amit Khurana, programme director, food safety and toxins at CSE said that the dietary allowance of salt and fat on a daily basis is recommended to be five grams and 60 grams respectively.
He also reveals, “However, we found that eating one burger sold by major brands exhaust anywhere between 62 percent to 82 percent of the recommended salt intake for the day and 82 percent to 120 percent of the recommended fat intake.”
A small amount of salt is quite crucial for the body’s nerves and muscles to function smoothly – the WHO (World Health Organization) recommends less than 5 grams per day per person. The FSSAI has recently issued some rules that allow 0.25 gram of sodium for every 100 grams of snacks and instant noodles. The rules also specify that 0.35 gram per 100 grams for soups and fast food.
It is necessary that we think ten times before we buy such snacks and read to eat goods, before they affect our hearts and bodies for good.