Table 1:

Salt content of fast foods by product type, overall and by country

Product categorySalt content, g/100 g, mean (SD; range)
Australia
n = 325
Canada
n = 466
France
n = 137
New Zealand
n = 340
UK
n = 523
USA
n = 333
Overall
n = 2124
Savoury breakfast items
n = 157
1.3 (0.3; 1.1–1.8)1.5 (0.3; 1.0–2.3)1.2 (0.4; NA*)1.1 (0.2; 0.7–1.5)1.4 (0.4; 1.0–1.9)1.8 (0.5; 0.5–2.5)1.5 (0.4; 0.5–2.5)
Burgers
n = 211
1.3 (0.3; 0.7–1.9)1.3 (0.3; 0.6–2.0)1.2 (0.2; 0.9–1.6)1.4 (0.4; 0.9–2.0)1.1 (0.3; 0.4–1.7)1.3 (0.3; 0.8–1.8)1.3 (0.3; 0.4–2.0)
Chicken products
n = 168
1.6 (0.5; 0.9–3.2)1.6 (0.6; 0.8–2.8)1.5 (0.3; 0.9–2.2)1.6 (0.4; 1.0–2.1)1.1 (0.3; 0.6–1.6)1.8 (0.4; 0.9–2.9)1.6 (0.5; 0.6–3.2)
French fries
n = 41
0.8 (0.1; 0.7–1.0)1.4 (0.6; 0.6–1.9)0.5 (0.0; 0.5–0.5)0.7 (0.4; 0.3–1.1)0.8 (0.2; 0.5–1.0)0.6 (0.0; 0.6–0.6)0.9 (0.4; 0.3–1.9)§
Pizza
n = 1108
1.4 (0.3; 0.6–2.2)1.6 (0.4; 0.8–2.4)1.5 (0.2; 1.1–2.0)1.4 (0.4; 0.8–2.9)1.2 (0.3; 0.5–2.0)1.7 (0.3; 1.0–2.4)1.4 (0.4; 0.5–2.9)
Salads
n = 151
0.5 (0.2; 0.0–1.0)0.8 (0.4; 0.0–1.5)0.3 (0.3; 0.0–1.2)0.3 (0.2; 0.0–0.6)0.5 (0.4; 0.0–1.8)0.5 (0.3; 0.0–1.1)0.5 (0.4; 0.0–1.8)§
Sandwiches
n = 288
1.0 (0.3; 0.4–1.6)1.4 (0.4; 0.6–2.1)0.8 (0.4; 0.4–1.7)1.2 (0.3; 0.7–1.8)1.0 (0.4; 0.5–2.0)1.2 (0.3; 0.6–1.9)1.1 (0.4; 0.4–2.1)
Overall
n = 2124
1.3 (0.4; 0.0–3.2)1.4 (0.5; 0.0–2.8)1.1 (0.6; 0.0–2.2)1.3 (0.4; 0.0–2.9)1.2 (0.3; 0.0–2.0)1.5 (0.5; 0.0–2.9)1.3 (0.4; 0.0–3.2)
  • Note: NA = not applicable, SD = standard deviation.

  • * Only two savoury breakfast products were available in France (n = 2).

  • Analysis of variance, p < 0.001.

  • Analysis of variance, p < 0.05.

  • § Analysis of variance, p < 0.01.