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City tries less salt in Chinese take-out food

11:39 AM, Aug 23, 2013   |    comments
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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 percent 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 percent of Philadelphians were diagnosed with hypertension in 2012.

Restaurants are now flavoring 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.

 

KATHY MATHESON
Associated Press

The Associated Press

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