We North Americans are just not getting it. A new study has shown that fast foods contain more salt in North American locations than their overseas counterparts — in some cases, a LOT more! McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in the U.S., for example, have 2.5 times the amount of salt as the same Chicken McNuggets in Britain. And McDonald's french fries in Canada have 2 times the amount of salt as fries at McDonald's in the U.S. Comparisons were made between 2,124 fast foods from McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, Domino's, and Subway in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom. There were variations across the board, but in most cases, salt content of any fast food was highest in North America. And the most shocking thing? Salads were some of the saltiest foods! How do you do that? Well, a salad just isn't a salad without some chicken thrown in, according to fast food joints. Chicken products were found to be the saltiest. Not to mention, we don't assume that they're using hand-harvest, unrefined sea salt here, either. Refined, white, iodized salt is useless to the body and downright dangerous. At least unrefined sea salt has some merits. Dr. David Brownstein (who will be here at Hallelujah Acres for our Health Minister Reunion, starting Thursday, April 19) in an article written for the Celtic Sea Salt company says:
"Unrefined salt has a wide range of minerals including potassium and magnesium, providing the body with a complex of nutrients that it needs to function optimally. The use of unrefined salt will not cause elevated blood pressure; in fact, due to its abundance of minerals, it can actually help lower the blood pressure in hypertensive patients."
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