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Look at How Much Salt is in Chain Restaurant Meals!

02/01/13

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Just how much sodium is in a meal from popular chain restaurants? You may be shocked (though probably not surprised).

A recent story in Time Magazine reveals that major restaurant chains put a LOT more salt in the foods served in their America outlets, than those same chain restaurants do in other countries.

Part of the reason Americans eat the worst food is that it's easy for food chains to juice their foods up with a lot of extra salt, sugar and oil.

High sodium levels are a factor behind elevated blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, the number one cause of death and disability worldwide.

The World Health Organization recommends keeping sodium intake below 2,000 mg per day for adults.

As you can see from the chart below, which represents sodium content in some popular chains in California, it is easy to get almost THREE TIMES the daily recommended amount -- in just one dish at just one meal!

Scroll down to see how much salt is found in dishes served at some of the most popular American eating outlets.

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Individual American Daily Salt Consumption

Average Daily Consumption

3,500 mg

Adult Recommended Daily Maximum

2,000 mg (less for at risk groups)

 

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Fast Food - Salt Content Comparison Chart

Chili's

Item

Sodium

Item

Sodium

Skillet Queso w/chips

4,770 mg

Texas Chili Fries
w/ Jalapeno Ranch

5,450 mg

Chicken Club Tacos

4,770 mg

Texas Chili Fries
w/ Chili & Jalapeno Ranch

5,950 mg

Buffalo Chicken

5,350 mg

Southern Smokehouse Burger
w/Ancho Chile BBQ

6,310 mg

Buffalo Chicken Crisper Bites w/ BC

5,370 mg

Jalapeno Smokehouse Burger
w/Jalapeno Ranch

6,710 mg

Taco Bell

Item

Sodium

Item

Sodium

1/2 lb. Beef & Potato Burrito

1,720 mg

Grilled Stuft Burrito - Steak

1,930 mg

Fiesta Taco Salad

1,780 mg

Southwest Steak Border Bowl

2,120 mg

Zesty Chicken Border Bowl

1,800 mg

Grilled Stuft Burrito - Beef

2,120 mg

Chicken Fiesta Taco Salad

1,830 mg

Grilled Stuft Burrito - Chicken

2,160 mg

Burger King

Item

Sodium

Item

Sodium

BK Triple Stacker

1,390 mg

BK Quad Stacker

1,740 mg

Double Whopper w/cheese

1,530 mg

TenderCRISP Garden Salad

1,740 mg

Triple Whopper w/cheese

1,600 mg

A1 Steakhouse XT Burger

1,930 mg

TenderCRISP Chicken Sandwich

1,640 mg

Country Pork Sandwich

3,310 mg

K.F.C.

Item

Sodium

Item

Sodium

Fiery Buffalo Wings Value Box

1,580 mg

Double-Down with Grilled Fillet

1,760 mg

Crispy Twister with Crispy Strip

1,600 mg

Chichen Pot Pie

1,760 mg

Popcorn Chicken Large

1,600 mg

Popcorn Chicken Value Box

1,900 mg

EC Thigh Value Box

1,600 mg

KFC Famous Bowls
Mashed Potato with Gravy

2.260 mg

McDonald's

Item

Sodium

Item

Sodium

Premium Chicken BLT c.

1,400 mg

Chicken Selects

1,680 mg

Premium Chicken Club

1,410 mg

Big Breakfast

1,680 mg

Premium Chicken BLT g.

1,440 mg

Deluxe Breakfast

1,790 mg

McSkillet Burrito w/s

1,470 mg

Gourmet Hot Pretzel

2,010 mg

Subway

Item

Sodium

Item

Sodium

Meatball Sub

1,360 mg

Dijon Horseradish Melt

1,620 mg

Subway Melt Salad*

1,410 mg

Cold Cut Trio Sub

1,680 mg

Red Wine Vinaigrette Club

1,520 mg

Subway Melt Sub

1,730 mg

Italian B.M.T. Salad*

1,590 mg

Italian B.M.T. Sub

1,900 mg

Note -- Salad dressing NOT included - add another 400-600 mg



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