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Scarborough takeaway owners advised on healthy dishes

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Fish and chip shop owners in a seaside resort are being offered lessons in how to make their food healthier.

The "takeaway masterclasses" have been organised by Trading Standards officers in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

Set up for the first time in the town, the aim is to tackle obesity and the health issues associated with poor diet by helping restaurateurs add more healthy options to their menus.

Firms are being advised on healthy practices like cooking with less fat.

They will also be taught about how to tackle high fat, sugar and salt intake.

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Those taking part in the scheme will receive a certificate to display on their premises.

Councillor David Chance said: "Many people do not have the time or inclination to cook regularly, and eat takeaways instead.

"Unfortunately, the takeaway business has developed a reputation for serving calorie-laden and relatively unhealthy food.

"We want to help takeaways overcome this reputation by introducing healthier ingredients, preparation and cooking methods without compromising on taste or profits."

Some restaurants already try to be healthier by offering steamed fish instead of fried and using salt shakers with fewer holes.

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