Rubbing Salt into a Wound?

The blog at reports today on a very good reason not to take the kids to fast-food outlets like Pizza Hut and KFC. Referring to a survey carried out by The Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) it reports that ”Whilst Pizza Hut claim to have reduced salt in many of their meals, their 'Meat feast Italian pizza plus' also the 'Mediterranean meat feast Italian pizza plus' were found to contain 9.7g of salt which is more than the safe recommended 6g daily intake of salt for an adult. A party of 4 ordering the 'Meal Deal' will eat 12.3g of salt per person”.

The CASH press release also commented on the high level of salt in some Pizza Hut Children's meals, ”The salt content of the meal combinations varied from 4.3g of salt in a Pizza Hut children's meal (nearly 50% more than the 3g upper daily limit for a child of 4-6 years)”

The BBC reports that, ”A spokesperson for Pizza Hut said the pizzas highlighted in the survey are not part of a family meal deal and that they had been working since 2004 to cut the salt in their foods.” However, a quick look at Pizza Hut's own web-site (Adobe Reader File) shows that a Meat Feast Cheesy Bites, whatever that is, has 3g salt in just one slice!

Referring to KFC it says, ”A KFC Deluxe Boneless Box shared between four could contain 5.2g of salt per person. This is almost a whole day's salt limit for an adult and over the recommended maximum daily limit for a child. A family of four sharing a KFC Family Feast could eat 4.7g of salt each”.

The organisation is calling on fast-food outlets to display information on levels of salt at the point of sale as well as on their web-sites.

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