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Takeaways get a menu for health
Free training is being offered to Keighley takeaway owners in a drive to make their food healthier.
The initiative has been launched as fears continue to rise about the number of people across the district classed as overweight or obese.
More than half the adult population falls into that category, while childhood obesity is above the national average.
Nutritional analysis has shown takeaway food generally contains larger amounts of saturated fat, sugar and salt than homemade meals.
Now Bradford Council, with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and the district’s nutrition and dietetic service, is staging sessions to get the health message across to takeaway staff.
Two are planned – one at Keighley Healthy Living Centre on March 21, from 9.30am to 11.30am, and the other in Bradford.
A Trading Standards spokesman said: “Takeaway owners will be encouraged to produce healthier menu options without compromising on taste.
“The training will be an interactive session about the key principles of healthy eating and how making small changes to the food served could help promote a healthier population.
“Traders will discover some simple techniques to help reduce fat, salt and sugar in the food they serve and learn more about the five-a-day message and how to promote it.”
As part of the campaign, takeaway outlets will also be able to achieve bronze, silver or gold awards for the healthy and nutritional value of their food.
The scheme is being welcomed by Keighley takeaway bosses.
Sajid Hussain, of Mega Bites in Alice Street, told us: “We are cutting down on the sugar and salt we use in our cooking.
“We are offering healthier food and giving customers a choice.
“Clearly we have to use some salt but we don’t add any above what’s needed and we also offer grilled food and salad.”
Mohammed Aslam, manager of Mango’s in North Street, said: “We cook our food in 100 per cent vegetable oil and all the meals are prepared using fresh ingredients, plus we have 11 different types of salad.
“Our salt bottles have just four holes instead of the usual 12, which helps people cut down. We are very aware of the need to encourage people to eat healthily.”
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