Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News Warning over hidden salt danger

Warning over hidden salt danger

19th October 2007

Parents are being warned about letting their children eat fast food this half term due to unhealthy levels of salt.

Research by Consensus Action on Salt and Heath (Cash) found that one meal from some high street restaurants could provide more than the recommended daily amount of salt.

Adults are advised to consume no more than 6g of salt a day and children 5g as too much can increase blood pressure and therefore the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Cash studied 346 individual food and drink items and 264 advertised meal combinations from Burger King, KFC, McDonald’s and Pizza Hut.

A family of four sharing one cheesy bites meat feast, one medium pan super supreme, one garlic bread, one potato wedges, one saucy chicken wings (Buffalo) and four individual Madagascar vanilla cheesecakes from Pizza Hut could consume 12.3g of salt each.

The majority of individual meal deals from Burger King and KFC and all those from McDonald’s had lower levels of salt compared to the lowest salt individual meals from Pizza Hut.

Cash researcher Carrie Bolt said all four restaurants publish salt information on their websites but called for nutritional details to be published at restaurants.

“There is no way for people to make informed choices before they buy. We are pleased that McDonald’s have labelling on their packaging and that Burger King provides leaflets giving the amount of sodium per portion,” she added.

We currently have 5 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.