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What kids eat in the name of fast food

Staff Correspondent
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Harmful ingredients were found in samples of French fries and fried chicken sold in the Dhaka market. Examination of samples collected from five such sales outlets showed that all the ingredients were more than the prescribed quantity. French fries were high in salt and more than 3% of the approved levels of arsenic were found in chicken leg pieces and breast pieces.

According to experts, fast food is one of the top choices among the people of the city, especially children and teenagers. And these foods are creating the risk of obesity and later non-communicable diseases. This information has come up in the study conducted on the presence of harmful substances in food (food hazard). This is according to a study conducted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) with the financial support of the Department of Public Health and Informatics and a joint venture between the National Heart Foundation and the hospital.

The results of the study were released at a press conference held at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Monday 14 March.

The results of three studies were published on different types of soft drinks, french fries and fried chicken and salt, sugar, saturated fat, trans fat, and fat in different foods. It is reported that the presence of harmful substances in every food is excessive.

The study found that about three-quarters of drinks had pH levels below three. Which is harmful to teeth. Again, energy drinks had higher levels of caffeine than soft drinks. Although the BSTI-approved maximum dose for caffeine is 145 ppm, energy drinks contained 321.07 ppm.

The main researcher of this study is Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Associate Professor of Public Health and Informatics. Md. Khalequzzaman said French fries and fried chicken topped the list of fast food in the world. Bangladesh is no exception. These fast foods are on the list of favorites of children and teenagers in Bangladesh. That is why their obesity increases as well as their risk of non-communicable diseases later on.

The amount of salt in 100 grams of French fries is exceeded by eating four packets of salt per day. 100 grams of leg piece chicken and 125 grams of breast piece chicken contain 3% more arsenic than the daily allowable level.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University was the chief guest. Sharfuddin Ahmed. Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) Chairman Prof. Syed Modacher Ali, director of the non-communicable disease control department of the Department of Health, Prof. Robed Amin, and others.

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