Saturday, August 18, 2012


(CBS News) - Not all fast food is created equally when it comes to salt, according to a new international study of fast food chains. The study found salt content among popular fast food items vary by country for six of the most popular fast food chains in the world. The researchers found salt concentrations are 2.5 times higher in U.S. “Chicken McNuggets” than their British counterparts. “We saw marked variability in the reported salt content of products provided by major transnational fast food companies,” Dr. Norman Campbell, from the University of Calgary, wrote in the study, published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal. 
Researchers collected salt content data from fast food chains Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway and Burger King establishments that were operating in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the U.K. and U.S. (Burger King is called “Hungry Jack’s” in Australia).

The researchers compared salt content among seven types of food: savory breakfast items, burgers, chicken products, pizza, salads, sandwiches and of course, french fries. What did they find? Fast foods in the U.K. had the lowest amount of salt overall, the researchers said, while fast food in the U.S. had the highest. A Subway “Club Sandwich” contains more than twice the amount of salt in the U.S. and Australia as it does in France. A “Double Whopper” in Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand contains more salt than it does in the U.K. and Canada. 
French fries in Canada contain on average more than twice as much salt as they do in France and the U.S. The low salt levels across the board in the U.K. may be “a consequence of industry’s active participation in salt reduction efforts in that country,” the researchers wrote.  They recommend fast food chains cut salt gradually over several years to minimize consumer backlash.

All French fries are not created equal. It turns out that sodium levels in the same fast food items can vary significantly between countries, according to a study. Fast food from Canada and the United States contain the most salt, and in items from the U.K. and France the sodium levels remain relatively low. If the fast food companies reduce the amount of salt in their products, they could reduce the number of deaths of people involved in this bad habit of eating junk food daily. Consumerism and lack of self-control generate many diseases born of self-indulgence.

Only in the human body is the soul's consciousness evolved enough to access a superior source of pleasure - love of God. The Vedic scriptures explain that love of God enables the soul to attain eternal happiness in the spiritual world, his original home. Achieving this love of God is the specific and exclusive purpose for which the soul should use the human body. ... How do activities many consider enjoyable affect the human body? Smoking causes lung disease, drinking leads to liver diseases, eating non-vegetarian and junk food ruins digestion, and illicit sex - that perpetually over-hyped carnal pleasure - brings AIDS, an epidemic for which there is no aid. Modern society, education, and media indoctrinate us into believing that material enjoyment is the goal of life. But this "enjoyment" causes our worst suffering. Could it be that we are being tragically misled into abusing the human body for activities it is not designed for?

Śrīpad Chaitanya Charan das :
"The Spiritual Scientist"
"When Science Points to Spirituality"

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