Calls for Regulating Salt in Fast Foods: Canada Study

by Nancy Needhima on  April 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM Diet & Nutrition News
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The salt quantity on the menus of the six biggest fast food companies fluctuates to a great extent from nation to nation, resulting in calls for regulations to curb sodium intake according to a study on Monday.
Calls for Regulating Salt in Fast Foods: Canada Study
Calls for Regulating Salt in Fast Foods: Canada Study

"We saw marked variability in the reported salt content of products provided by major transnational fast food companies," said Norman Campbell, lead author of the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Researchers in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, New Zealand and the United States looked at the salt content of 2,124 food items sold by Burger King (known as Hungry Jack's in Australia), Domino's Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Subway.

These included popular items such burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, salad, sandwiches and fries.

Fast food in Canada and the United States contained much higher levels of sodium than in Britain and France, they found.

In Canada, McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, for example, contained two and a half times the amount of sodium per serving than in Britain.

Too much dietary salt has been linked to higher blood pressure and other adverse health effects. Other studies have shown cuts in salt intake can result in a significant reduction in deaths.

Several countries have started to curb salt intake, with the latest successes coming from voluntary salt reduction targets and labeling of foods.

However, food companies often cite technical food processing issues as barriers to further reducing salt content, stating that new technology and processes are needed to make lower-salt products.

The study shows this to be false and that decreasing salt in fast foods is in fact technically feasible, said Campbell.

The University of Calgary professor went on to say that "voluntary efforts aren't working." "These high levels indicate failure of the current government approach that leaves salt reduction solely in the hands of industry."

"Salt reduction programs need to guide industry and oversee it with targets and timelines for foods, monitoring and evaluation, and stronger regulatory measures if the structured voluntary efforts are not effective," he concluded.

Source: AFP

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New Canada Regulate salt??? Hell No! in Harper's Bazaar Land Corporations rule! Companies run the show! Regulators all live in the USA! Work for the USDA, FDA, we just take their most honorable word for it in the most trusting way! Happy Harper-landers relish in pink slime, salt, bad fats, harmful artificial flavorings, BHA, BDH Bis-phenol-A dioxins, PCB's, GMO's drink "Round-Up for breakfast, even relish DDT. Even cigarettes soon to be distributed in free, trial-packs to grade-schoolers. Already, candy flavored tobacco products in gaily colored, child-attractive packaging are freely available, here, in Harper-Land, where Two-Tier medicine is on it's way, will destroy the communal leverage of the Universal plan that works just fine, and unemployment insurance will disappear, because here in Happy Harper-Land, you are either working, or lazy and hungry! Cripple folks will be secretly euthanized, save for those who's life savings are bled off by corporate interests then the secret and corporate cash saving euthanasia will apply. Mulcair in Stornaway now, out from under is rock in Quebec, rapidly learning bilingual street signs and marveling at how far Western Canada seems away from his personal reality. Beaver tails and poutine on him! our noble and invisible, leader of the opposition, O ! Canada !

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