The Salty Truth About Fast Food in Trinidad
If you regularly eat at fast food outlets, chances are that you are consuming way too much salt.
If you are frequently consuming too much salt, then you are likely setting yourself up to develop hypertension and chronic kidney disease.
Studies have shown that the recommended daily allowance for sodium in healthy adults should be no more than 2,300mg per day. However, if you are elderly, hypertensive, diabetic, or have chronic kidney disease that amount is significantly lowered to 1,500mg.
So, just how much sodium is in your fast food?
In recent times, major fast food chains such as Mc Donald’s and KFC have posted the nutritional content of their products online and also have them prominently displayed in their restaurants.
Let’s look at some of their facts.
According to Mc Donald’s nutrition facts, one portion of small French fries has a sodium content of about 160mg. That doesn’t sound half bad, right? Only if all you are going to consume is one small portion of French fries.
The average person tends to upsize their portion to Large which yields 350mg. Throw in a Big Mac (970mg) and together you have a combined total of 1,320mg of sodium in one meal and you haven’t eaten dinner yet!
Burger King is not that far behind, if not ahead, of the competition. A Whopper ® Sandwich, without mayo and cheese, can have as much as 840mg of sodium. Slap on some mayo and a slice of cheese and you could be consuming a whopping 1,380mg of sodium in one sandwich.
If you like to live dangerously you could throw in a large portion of their French fries (710mg) and you’re looking at 2,090mg of sodium.
And now, KFC!
Sorry folks, I have to do this.
One individual side of KFC wedges can have as much as 810mg of sodium. And the meat? One breast piece (Original recipe) alone yields 1,130mg of sodium. Fly in a whole wing (Original recipe) and you just bought yourself a 2,390mg sodium “Death Pack”.
How do I cut back?
1. Try swapping your fries/wedges for a salad, without dressing and without cheese
2. Make your wedges and/or fries at home. You will not only cut down on the sodium content in your potato snack but you’ll also cut back on fat as well. Click here for an Easy Crisp Golden Potato Rounds recipe.
3. Avoid fast food meats. These are often over-processed, over-salted and over-saturated with fats.