Nutritional composition of takeaway food in the UK

  • Jaworowska A
  • Blackham T
  • Long R
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to determine the nutritional profile of popular takeaway meals in the UK. Fast food has a poor nutritional profile; research has focused on the major catering chains, with limited data on takeaway food from independent establishments. Design/methodology/approach – Random samples of takeaway meals were purchased from small, independent takeaway establishments. Multiple samples of 27 different takeaway meals, from Indian, Chinese, kebab, pizza and English-style establishments (n = 489), were analysed for portion size, energy, protein, carbohydrate, total fat, salt and total sugars. Findings – Takeaway meals were inconsistent with UK dietary recommendations; pizzas revealed the highest energy content, and Chinese meals were lowest in total fat. However, there was a high degree of variability between and within categories, but the majority of meals were excessive for portion size, energy, macronutrients and salt. Research limitations/implications – The present study focused on energy...

Author-supplied keywords

  • Dietary fat
  • Energy density
  • Fast food
  • Out-of-home food
  • Salt
  • Takeaway food

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Authors

  • Agnieszka Jaworowska

  • Toni M. Blackham

  • Rachel Long

  • Catherine Taylor

  • Matthew Ashton

  • Leonard Stevenson

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