Too much salt is bad for our health, but fast food and processed meals are loaded with it. Turns out North Americans are getting more than their share. A study published in the April 16th issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows sodium levels and portion sizes vary among companies and countries.
Correcting for portion size variations among companies and countries, the results show that fries sold in Canada have twice as much salt as those in New Zealand and nearly three times as much as the ones in France.
Here are more of their findings:
The researchers point out that companies are constantly reformulating their products so reducing sodium presents no major challenges. Because of companies’ concerns that competitors could gain a competitive edge, they recommend a standardized regulatory approach:
Governments setting and enforcing salt targets for industry would provide a level playing field, and no company could gain a commercial advantage by using high levels of salt.
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