A recent study done by the Canadian Medical Association Journal has determined that the salt content of fast food varies from country to country. For example, a large order of French fries or a six piece order of chicken nuggets may have an entirely different amount of salt content between Canada and its neighbor to the south, The United States of America. Another example can be seen in the difference in salt content between a chicken nugget from a McDonalds in Great Britain and a chicken nugget from a McDonalds in the United States of America. The chicken nugget from the United States contained more than double the salt content of the one from Great Britain.
The study was done at more fast food places that have international chains like Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway and Burger King, among many others. The study found that the United States has had consistently the highest salt content of any other country (Canada came in a close second.) Europe tended to have the least amount of salt content in their food (especially places like Germany and France.) The problem with high salt content is that it leads to high blood pressure and obesity among other health problems. Altering the diet so it contains less salt and sodium is one of the largest health-related concerns for the United States of America.