Sodium levels in fast food items worst in the US

The Time “Healthland” blog reports, “It turns out that sodium levels in the same fast food items can vary significantly between countries, according to a recent study” published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

NPR “The Salt” blog reports that investigators “looked at the salt content of seven types of fast-food products from six companies: Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Subway.” The researchers then “compared those products and brands in six countries: The US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, and New Zealand.”

The investigators found that “the US boasted the highest level of salt in fast-food products overall, leading the pack with the saltiest breakfast items, chicken products, and pizza.”

HealthDay reports that “the study found that sodium levels in similar foods varied widely among the countries, and that fast food in the United States and Canada contained much higher levels of sodium than in the United Kingdom and France.”

WebMD reports, “The lower average salt content in the foods sold in the UK suggests that a national effort to reduce salt consumption in that country may be working, the researchers concluded.”

Also covering the story were Reuters and Medscape.

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