Why is fast food saltier in the U.S.? (Health)
Consuming too much sodium can raise blood pressure and contribute to hypertension, one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Why is fast food saltier in the U.S.?
By Amanda Gardner, Health.com
updated 5:50 AM EDT, Tue April 17, 2012
(Health.com) -- It's no secret that fast-food fare like burgers, french fries, and fried chicken tends to be high in sodium. According to a new study, however, American fast-food customers may be getting a larger dose of sodium than their counterparts in other countries -- even if they order the exact same items off the menu.
In the study, published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers analyzed the posted nutritional information for more than 2,000 items sold in multiple countries by the world's six largest fast-food chains: Burger King, Domino's Pizza, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Subway.
The Chicken McNuggets sold in the United States contained 2.5 times more sodium than the McNuggets sold in the UK. Likewise, the sodium content of a Subway club sandwich was more than twice as high in the United States as it was in France.
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