Salt levels in fast food

Monday, October 22, 2007

As a youth worker I eat fast food every so often - it is a fast quick and easy option, it is either fast food or cereal. So it was with interest that I heard at the end of last week of a report examining salt levels in their meals. Here is a quick summary from the BBC article:

The government recommends a maximum of 6g of salt per day for adults, 5g a day for children aged 7-10 and 3g for children aged 4-6.

Highest salt options:
  • Pizza Hut Meat Feast Italian Pizza Plus (meat feast pizza, potato wedges, cheesecake) 9.7g
  • KFC Variety Meal (three chicken pieces, two hot wings, Colonel's Crispy Strip, regular fries, regular diet coke) 6.3g
  • Burger King Chicken BLT Baguette Meal (chicken BLT baguette, regular fries, regular coca cola) 4.8g
  • McDonalds Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal (quarter pounder burger with cheese, medium fries, medium coca cola) 3.2g

Lower salt options:

  • McDonalds Chicken McNuggets Meal (six chicken nuggets, medium fries, medium coca cola) 1.5g
  • KFC Colonel's Meal (two chicken pieces, regular fries, regular diet coke) 2.5g
  • Burger King Hamburger Meal Deal (hamburger, regular fries, regular coca cola) 2.96g
  • Pizza Hut Seafood Lovers Pan Pizza Plus (seafood pizza, garlic bread, chocolate fudge cake) 4.7g

From my point of view it gives food for thought (excuse the pun). If we lead a trip out how seriously do I think about what the young people are going to eat, or do we just go for the easy option of McDonalds or KFC. I would be interested to know how somewhere like Subway compares - are they really healthier or are they equally as bad in a different way? What do you think and do?


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