A health initiative worth its salt? Philly works to reduce sodium in Chinese take-out food
PHILADELPHIA - Fast food in Philadelphia is getting a little bit healthier.
More than 200 take-out Chinese restaurants have been working to reduce the amount of salt in their food. Preliminary results show a 20 per cent sodium reduction in some dishes.
Researchers hope the Healthy Chinese Take-Out Initiative will lessen the number of residents with high blood pressure. About 37 per cent of Philadelphians were diagnosed with hypertension in 2012.
Restaurants are now flavouring dishes with chilies or garlic instead of salt. They've also modified cooking methods and reduced distribution of soy sauce packets.
It's the latest effort by a big U.S. city to help people eat better. Many have already banned transfats, and some require restaurants to post calorie counts.