Fast food salt levels 'shocking'

  1. Pass the salt please...
    No
    Pass the pizza please..

    Recommended salt levels were determined 4 years ago but still......
    One pizza Hut meal is twice the daily recommended dose.
    One meal at McDonalds is half the daily recommended dose.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7050585.stm
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  3. by   CRNA2007
    And this is shocking to who??? Everyone knows how unhealthy fast food is. And I'm sure everyone has withnessed the amount of salt they dump onto the fries at McDonalds (which when fresh are the best). That's why you don't eat there every day just in moderation.




    Quote from leslymill
    Pass the salt please...
    No
    Pass the pizza please..

    Recommended salt levels were determined 4 years ago but still......
    One pizza Hut meal is twice the daily recommended dose.
    One meal at McDonalds is half the daily recommended dose.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7050585.stm
  4. by   AF2RN2b
    Overwhelming info. Lets remember, it all comes down to a choice! Its not like we are forced to eat there!
  5. by   oramar
    When I go to Pizza Hut I always get the thin crust veggie pizza. It has been pronounced fairly low in fat and salt and high in protein, calcium and veggie related goodies by several studies.
  6. by   Reno1978
    As far as the Pizza Hut meal being double the sodium intake, this is their suggested meal:

    According to the Cash survey, a family of four sharing a Pizza Hut meal deal - consisting of one Cheesy Bites Meat Feast, one medium Super Supreme, a portion of garlic bread, a portion of potato wedges, chicken wings, and a cheesecake dessert - could eat 12.3g of salt each.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Cheesy Bites Meat Feast is a type of pizza...so these 4 people are each eating, in one meal, 1/2 of a pizza each and a serving of garlic bread, potato wedges, chicken wings, and a slice of cheesecake each? I grew up in a "family of four" and we'd usually get two mediums and that was enough for dinner and we'd have leftovers for the next day. I don't understand how someone can eat that much food in one meal!

    Nonetheless, even if you eat 1/4 of a typical "meal" as they suggest, that's still a lot of sodium.
  7. by   leslie :-D
    i'm not understanding why this is such a news flash.
    it's not only fast food restaurants, but in all our processed foods.
    sodium is everywhere we turn.
    and it has been this way for many, many years.

    leslie
  8. by   steelcityrn
    It would be nice if they made a effert to decrease the sodium and preservatives that usually add even more salt. I myself can't eat at pizza hut anymore. Once you have cut down on salt, it turns you off.
  9. by   MMARN
    Unfortunately, this is true for most (if not all) processed foods in the US. I have found that after going through nursing school, and seeing everything that is bad for you (including huge amounts of salt), I need to make better choices with what I eat. Fast food is good, especially when short on cash--even though some of these meals are getting horribly expensive--and short on time, but my health means more to me than a quick meal. So, now, I buy low-sodium soups and meals. Granted canned soups are never really good for you, but a conscious effort on my part is all I need to make myself feel better and healthy.
  10. by   leslymill
    We need to start this when their young.
    We need to get kids to think an organic Sesame Street Cookie monster cookie tastes better than pure chocolate....sigh
  11. by   FLCRNA2B
    Fast food and restaurant food always tastes so good...because its loaded with sodium, fat, and calories. My sister gained 17lbs her first trimester of her pregnancy due to eating out almost every day. Crazy! Moderation is the key and we all know that.

    Entrepreneur RN
    Last edit by FLCRNA2B on Oct 23, '07
  12. by   teeituptom
    There is nothing new here at all

    Salt has always been to high in many fast foods

    thats why I prefer my Barbecue Grill, healthier and tastes better
  13. by   sharona97
    Quote from earle58
    i'm not understanding why this is such a news flash.
    it's not only fast food restaurants, but in all our processed foods.
    sodium is everywhere we turn.
    and it has been this way for many, many years.

    leslie
    Quote from Mave
    Unfortunately, this is true for most (if not all) processed foods in the US. I have found that after going through nursing school, and seeing everything that is bad for you (including huge amounts of salt), I need to make better choices with what I eat. Fast food is good, especially when short on cash--even though some of these meals are getting horribly expensive--and short on time, but my health means more to me than a quick meal. So, now, I buy low-sodium soups and meals. Granted canned soups are never really good for you, but a conscious effort on my part is all I need to make myself feel better and healthy.
    I think it is amazing to see the Na content once you start looking at labels. Our family is a no salt type and when we go out to eat, you sure can tell! Frozen veggies 0 Na to maybe 15mg/serving. Serving size needs to be looked at too. Pretty simple concept.
  14. by   raemon
    yes...fastfood chains prepares with additional food than usual...thats why in a study, they have discovered people who eat more often in fastfood chains have a higher rate of CV diseases.....in addition, another study shows.. that drinking from dark straw (the darker the worst) killing of neurons(brain cells) thus slowing the mental ability of the person...

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