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Heart disease: Britain’s ‘favourite’ dishes can pack as much salt as ‘22 bags of crisps’

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Heart disease is an umbrella term for conditions targeting your heart or blood vessels. Usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside your arteries, heart disease is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK. Here’s what dish you might want to ditch to lower your risk, according to experts.

The nutritional experts at OriGym have looked into British favourite weekend meals and found the go-tos that are packed with salt and sugar.

Some of the popular dishes contained as much of the common ingredients as “the equivalent of 22 bags of crisps” or “two chocolate ice creams”.

However, regularly having this much salt and sugar could have lasting effects. Luke Hughes, personal trainer and founder of OrigGym, explained: “Not only can consuming too much salt have temporary short-term effects, like bloating, but it can also increase your risk of developing more serious illnesses.

“A high-salt diet will cause your blood sodium levels to increase and your kidneys recoup this by retaining fluids. You may also be more susceptible to headaches.

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“And in the long-term, the dangers are much more severe, as high sodium consumption is a risk factor for strokes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even stomach cancer.”

And sugar is no better, as exceeding your daily intake in the long-term can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

“All of which are linked to an increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack,” Hughes noted.

When it comes to the immediate consequences from a sugar spree, you can expect fatigue and break outs on your skin.

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Although they are a staple of the weekend comfort for many, OriGym listed these meals:

  • Chinese Takeaway
  • Full English
  • Sunday Roast.

Chinese Takeaway

According to YouGov statistics, one in 10 Brits orders a takeaway or eats out at least once a week, with one in four opting for a Chinese takeaway, in particular.

This takeaway option isn’t only rich in colour and flavours as it can reach 66 percent over your recommended salt intake and 46 percent over your recommended sugar intake.

In case you’re not aware, the limit that adults shouldn’t exceed is set at no more than 30 grams of sugar and six grams of salt per day, according to the NHS.

OriGym said: “An average Chinese takeaway consisting of sweet and sour chicken, spring rolls and egg fried rice contains a whopping 10g of salt and 44g of sugar.

“That’s… the equivalent of 22 packets of salted crisps and three-and-a-half doughnuts.”

Full English

Who doesn’t love the fry-up with all its grease, especially after a Friday night out?

Listed fourth in YouGov’s “Most Popular British Dishes”, a “traditional” breakfast of two bacon rashers, two sausages, an egg, black pudding, a slice of buttered toast, beans and ketchup contains surprisingly high levels of sugar (18.1g) and salt (7.4g), according to Hughes.

To illustrate the numbers, this brings your full English to the same amount of sugar and salt as nine biscuits and three burgers.

“That’s over half of your daily sugar intake and 23 percent over your daily salt allowance,” the nutritional expert said.

Sunday Roast

The ultimate comfort meal associated with a laid-back Sunday atmosphere was named the third most popular meal in the UK, according to YouGov.

OrigGym explained: “An average roast chicken dinner contains 4.8g of salt – five times the amount that’s in a large portion of fast-food fries.

“As well as 19.7g sugar – nearly two-thirds of your suggested daily sugar allowance and the equivalent of two chocolate ice creams.”

Although a comfort meal that is just a one-off won’t instantly give you a heart condition, consuming too much salt over a long period of time can increase your risk by boosting your blood pressure.



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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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