A survey carried out by the Local Government Group Study into popular takeaways has found that the food items contain very high levels of salt, fat and artificial colors.
The study analyzed more than 220 popular takeaways in both England and Wales and found that the food items contained artificial color levels in excess of the maximum limit set by the Food Standard Agency.
According to the study, an average portion of popular Indian takeaways like chicken tikka masala and pilau rice had 116 percent of the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) of saturated fat and 92 percent GDA of salt. The problem was also found in Chinese takeaway like sweet and sour chicken with fried rice which contained 119 percent GDA of salt.
"The family takeaway is like a tradition in homes across the country, be it celebrating the end of a working week or settling down for Saturday night television. Everyone knows they often aren't especially healthy and should be enjoyed in moderation, but that just one meal can contain so much fat, salt and sugar is truly shocking and unnecessary", LG Regulation Board's Paul Bettison said.