Salt intake: Instant noodles v Big Macs

Publish Date
Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 11:14AM

They may be tasty and convenient, but a new study has shed some light on the high levels of salt found in instant noodles.

Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health surveyed 765 noodle products from 10 different countries, including New Zealand, Ausralia, Fiji, Samoa, India, Costa Rica, South Africa and the UK.

Interestingly, the survey also uncovered how sodium content in instant noodles varied widely between countries. It found noodles sold in Indonesia had the highest salt content per 100 grams, containing 7584 milligrams per 100 grams of product. The organisation said salt content was second highest in Australia.

This was almost 30 times the amount of soduim found in products with the lowest salt content sold in New Zealand, which contained 249 milligrams per 100 grams.

The results found that salt levels in an average packet of instant noodles was more than 80 per cent of the daily recommended maximum, which is 5 grams per day.

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