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How Much Salt is Really in Fast Food?

The fact that fast food contains high levels of salt that can be detrimental to health. However, this high level of salt is even more harmful to children, who are more likely to develop salt-reliant eating habits when exposed to high levels at a young age.

According to a new report by World Action on Salt and Health, eight out of 10 fast food meals designed for children that were tested contained at least one gram of salt. Children, according to CNN Money, should not consume more than three grams of salt per day.

Extremely popular fast food brands like Taco Bell (NYSE: YUM) and McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) have high salt counts for their branded children’s meals, CNN Money reported.

"The more salt you eat as a child, the more likely you are to have serious health issues in later life," Graham MacGregor, WASH Chairman and professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said, according to CNN Money.

Heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke are just some of the negative health effects that can come of excessive salt consumption. According to CNN Money, adults should only be consuming up to one teaspoon of salt daily.

As the health food trend continues its upswing, companies, fast food included, has attempted to keep up by making its food “healthier.” However, with statistics that show the high levels of salt still present in these foods, it’s clear the industry still has a long way to go.

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