Low Salt Thailand Network: Many vegetarian dishes contain high sodium

PUBLISHED ON THU, OCT 11, 2018 2:44 PM

Many vegetarian dishes contain high sodium

 

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BANGKOK, 11th October 2018 (NNT)-Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Low Salt Thailand Network have revealed that 13 popular vegetarian dishes sampled at three major markets in Bangkok contain high levels of sodium. 

Members of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and Low Salt Thailand Network tested the quantity of salt in various vegetarian dishes being sold at Yaowarat and Aor Tor Kor Market as well as Ying Charoen Market during the Vegetarian Festival in an attempt to find out if they contain high sodium levels. 

Dishes like Palo , Tom Chap Chai and Kanom Jeen Namya Kati were found to contain more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium, well in excess of the safe amount of 600 milligrams a person should have in a single meal. 

According to Kasikorn Research Center, the majority of people participating in the Vegetarian Festival are office workers who buy ready-to-eat meals on the street for their convenience, and choose what they’d like to eat based on the appearance of the food. 

The center also found that fermented vegetable dishes and meat replacement products contain a lot of salt. Given the amount of sodium found in vegetarian food, the Low Salt Thailand Network is encouraging people to choose what they are going to eat wisely to stay healthy and strong. 

Meanwhile, vegetarian food vendors in China town say they are selling even more than last year since a greater number of people have joined the vegetarian festival this year.

 
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