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1 Teaspoon of Salt

This Health Article Contains Astounding Amounts of Sodium Contained in Popular Fast Food Menu Selections

Article by Diet Bites

 


Too Much Salt Equals Devastating Health Woes

Doesn't sound too appetizing, does it? Yet, that's what most Americans do on a daily basis - and at times, they consume more than three times this amount. The impact on health is devastating - and not in a good way.

High Blood Pressure to Kidney Ills Associated With Excess Sodium in the Daily Diet

Here are just a few of the ill-effects that sodium can render on the human body:

- Increase in blood pressure.

- Swelling and bloating in the body, particularly in the hands, feet, face and abdominal area.

- Increased pressure on the heart, making it have to work harder to accomplish it's life-saving tasks.

- Pressure on the vital organs due to swelling of the tissues.

- Excessive amounts are taxing to the kidneys as water [fluid] is retained in the body.

- Because foods that are excessive in salt are often battered, dipped or fried, they also tend to be high in fatty acid content which impacts circulatory health. Poor health in this area can lead to strokes or other uncomfortable ills.

Sodium in 1 Teaspoon of Table Salt

One teaspoon of salt contains 2400 milligrams of sodium.

Examples of Fast Foods Extreme in Sodium Content

The amounts of salt contained in many fast food selections are nothing short of astounding. As I was compiling the data chart below, I felt sad and tears actually threatened my eyes. It's just mind-boggling what we're doing to our health these days - all because food tastes good. While the sodium content is horrendous in our chart - the fat and caloric values are equally damaging to the body.

Think about this. If you have ever ordered and consumed the Country Fried Chicken Steak and Eggs with gravy from IHOP - it was the same as topping your plate with almost two teaspoons of table salt.

If you are susceptible to the negative side-effects of excess sodium intake, then you were probably miserable for 1-4 days following your meal. Keep in mind that you probably consumed other foods throughout your day, thus the salt intake was accumulative. The human body requires one to several days to deal with the excess before retained water is released via the urinary system.

Astounding Amounts of Sodium Contained in Popular Fast Food Menu Selections

Restaurant

Menu Selection

Sodium Milligrams

Calories, Kcals

Total Fat Grams

Arby's

Double-Stacked Reuben, Corned Beef & Turkey Sandwich

2590

730

30

 

Market Fresh® Roast Turkey, Ranch & Bacon Sandwich

2250

800

35

 

Mozzarella Sticks, order of 6

2530

620

32

 

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Wrap

1780

620

40

Burger King

Texas Double Whopper® Sandwich

1770

1040

69

 

Homestyle Chicken Strips, order of 5

2340

610

32

 

BK™ Ultimate Breakfast Platter

2920

1450

84

Fazoli's

Oven Baked Original Italian Flatbread

2890

820

47

 

Oven Baked Ultimate Meatball Smasher

2940

980

54

 

Spicy Sampler

2710

1020

34

IHOP

Hearty Ham & Cheese Omelet

2560

1000

75

 

Breakfast Sampler

3380

1220

76

 

Country Fried Chicken Steak & Eggs with Sausage Gravy

4550

1850

115

In & Out Burger

Double-Double with Onion, Mustard, Ketchup

1520

590

32

 

Double-Double with Spread

1440

670

41

 

Cheeseburger with Onion

1000

480

27

Jack in the Box

Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger™

2190

910

56

 

Sirloin Cheeseburger With Bacon

2400

1030

71

 

Grilled Sandwich, Deli Trio

2440

620

29

KFC

Famous Bowls, Mashed Potato with Gravy

2130

680

31

 

Chicken Pot Pie

1970

790

45

 

Double Down

1620

600

36

Long John Silver's

Ultimate Alaskan Pollock Sandwich®

1500

530

27

 

Chicken Strip Sandwich

1350

440

30

 

Breaded Clam Strips

1190

320

19

McDonald's

Angus Bacon & Cheese

1990

790

39

 

Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, Regular Size Biscuit

2150

1090

56

 

Spicy Chicken McBites, Shareable Size

1990

910

55

Panda Express

Chow Mein

1060

490

22

 

Black Pepper Chicken

1050

200

10

 

Kung Pao Chicken

900

240

14

Pizza Hut

14" Pan Pizza, 1 slice of Meat Lovers®

1140

470

28

 

6" Personal Pan Pizza, Meat Lovers®

2120

850

48

 

6" Personal Pan Pizza, Super Supreme

1950

760

39

Quizno's

Lobster & Seafood Sub Salad, Large

2380

1060

56

 

Honey Bourbon Chicken Sub with sauces as served - Large

2300

860

15

 

Chicken Carbonara with Parmesan Alfredo Sauce - Large

3110

1370

68

Sonic

6" Chicago Dog [the footlong version contains 3890 mg's salt]

2370

430

20

 

Ultimate Meat & Cheese Breakfast Burrito

2360

900

63

 

Chili Cheese Tots, Large

2760

980

59

Subway

6" Steak & Bacon Melt

1580

500

16

 

6" Big Philly Cheesesteak

1310

500

17

 

6" Breakfast B.M.T. prepared with egg whites

1680

450

17

Taco Bell

Chicken Cantina Burrito

1960

760

27

 

A.M. Crunchwrap Sausage

1300

730

47

 

Volcano Nachos

1670

970

58

Taco Bueno

Beef Big Ol' Burrito

1833

772

46

 

Chicken Big Ol' Burrito

1640

607

30

 

Chicken Quesadilla

1658

761

44

Fatburgers

Spicy Chicken Sandwich

2160

520

21

 

Large Fatburger

1490

850

41

 

Sausage & Egg Sandwich

1810

780

53

Wendy's

Baconator®

2020

970

63

 

Dave's Hot & Juicy™ 3/4 lb. Triple

2020

1060

67

 

Asiago Ranch Chicken Club

1780

740

38

In Summary

Be mindful of what you choose to put into your body as it does impact your current and future health. At times, the damage done is not reversible and we are left with life-long effects which could have been avoided with an otherwise healthy diet.

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