Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Take away restaurants promise to lower salt


Key points

  • Fast food restaurants have committed to lowering their levels of salt and fat
  • Eating too much salt raises your blood pressure. People should eat no more than 6 grams of salt a day to avoid high blood pressure
  • High blood pressure causes strokes and heart attacks
  • Eating too much saturated and trans fats clogs up your arteries with cholesterol and raises your risk of strokes and heart attacks
  • Lowering salt and fat in fast food meals will help in the fight against strokes and heart disease caused by high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Six of Britain’s biggest fast-food restaurants have committed to making their burgers and sandwiches more healthy.

Burger King, KFC, McDonald’s, Nando’s, Subway and Wimpy have promised to lower the salt and saturated or trans fats in their meals to make them more heart and blood pressure friendly.

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