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Health group persuades take-aways to ditch samosas for fruit

PUBLISHED: 11:50 14 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:39 14 April 2011

Umar Nutt, owner of Sweet and Spicy, and a member of staff

Umar Nutt, owner of Sweet and Spicy, and a member of staff

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A project which persuaded 150 cafes and fast food outlets in Tower Hamlets to ditch deep-fried snacks for healthier meals has won an award.

Food for Health has been giving out gold, silver or bronze certificates to outlets which opt for less fatty products and use better oils and other ingredients in the meals they serve.

Success stories include getting G Kelly’s, a pie and mash shop on Roman Road that sells around 300 lunches a day, to cut out animal fats from their pastries.

Another outlet, Sweet and Spicy Indian café in Whitechapel has replaced its deep fried samosas and pakoras at the front of the store with salads and fruit salads.

The drive is an attempt by health chiefs and the council’s environmental health team to tackle obesity in the borough and is carrying on this year.

Organisers were praised during the Advancing Healthcare Awards earlier this month for their positive work.

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