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Canada's got saltiest salads, fries

Written by: QMI Agency
Apr. 16, 2012

(Sean Kilpatrick/QMI Agency)


Canada has some of the world's saltiest fast food, and opting for leafy greens instead of french fries won't make a difference.

A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal compares the sodium content of meals from Burger King, Domino's, KFC, McDonald's and Pizza Hut in six different countries.

When it comes to salads, french fries and sandwiches, Canadian fast food chains have the saltiest versions. When it comes to pizza, we're second in saltiness only to the U.S.

Overall, Canada has the second-saltiest fast-food menus in the study, with the average product containing 1.4 g of sodium per 100 g, behind the U.S. at 1.5. After that comes Australia and New Zealand tied at 1.3, the U.K. at 1.2 and France at 1.1.

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The study suggests government policies may be the reason for the stark difference between different countries.

"There is good evidence from the U.K. that agreement between government and industry on salt targets has driven down the salt levels of processed foods. This model would appear to have the same potential for fast foods," the authors write.

"Indeed, in the data we present, it is apparent that mean salt levels are already lower in fast foods from the U.K. than from elsewhere, which may be a consequence of industry's active participation in salt reduction efforts in that country."

As for where to find the saltiest menu item available in Canada, don't let the Jared ads fool you.

According to the study, Subway's club sandwich wins the dubious distinction, with 2.7 g of sodium per 100 g, just narrowly beating the Big Mac at 2.6.

Based on an average from all six countries, Pizza Hut has the saltiest menu overall.

 

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