So, here’s a test

Fast food in popular chain restaurants can be more unhealthy on holiday, parents have been warned, after a survey found that children’s meals can have double the amount of salt abroad as they do in Britain.
A study by World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) found huge differences in the recipes of chains like McDonalds, KFC and Burger King.

OK, so perhaps we should ask people. Do your burgers taste better abroad or at home? And if it’s the former:

In Britain government health drives have seen huge reductions in the amount of salt in processed food, but other countries have yet to catch up.

Then all you prodnoses can go fuck yourselves, right?

12 thoughts on “So, here’s a test”

  1. So the ‘extra’ salt you consume for those two weeks of holiday ( before returning to your low-salt UK fast food) is significant, is it? I call bullshit on this one…

  2. ‘“For families travelling abroad this summer, beware that you might be eating far more salt than you’re used to (in the UK) – don’t be afraid to ask for less salt, and where possible choose the healthier option – for example, choosing apple fries over regular fries could help you reduce the amount of salt you’re eating, and saves on buying dessert.”’

    I don’t think they quite grasp the concept of a ‘holiday’, somehow…

  3. So this extra salt. This would be the extra salt that, unless you have renal difficulties, you will have excreted by the time you land at Stansted, right?

    And how *do* the continentals live into old age with 1990s levels of salt? Inconceivable.

    It’s like it’s a moral crusade rather than a health crusade or something…

  4. Despite being generally sniffy about food I occasionally treat myself to a Burger King. The ritual of having one at Manchester airport on the way home stopped a few years ago when I realised I was getting calories and other bad stuff that didn’t actually taste of anything. German BK is adequately salted, in a country where salt is, to 90% of people, still the only known flavouring,

  5. The Other Bloke in Italy

    When I was still in Britain, I never went to burger joints, but here I sniffily take the occasional McDonald’s. They taste better, and now I know why.

  6. In publishing their research, they’re providing a free public service. I’m all in favour of other people paying for public goods. Your response to this knowledge can be either “yay, more flavour!” or “boo, bad for my health”; either way you’re benefitting from it.

  7. I had a little look at that world standard of (!) standardisation, the Big Mac. Ironically, Germany’s is lowest in salt:

    US: 2.4g
    UK: 2.3g
    NL: 2.3g
    FR: 2.3g
    DE: 2.0g

  8. I don’t think they quite grasp the concept of a ‘holiday’, somehow

    Quite. As one explores the 3rd bar of the afternoon…

    It’s like it’s a moral crusade rather than a health crusade

    Sums it up.

  9. bloke (not) in spain

    Wish I’d stuck my comment on the Nuggets story, here.
    Yep. There’s some Spanish food tastes like it’s basically flavoured salt.
    With very good reason.

  10. bloke (not) in spain

    @ TOBiI
    “When I was still in Britain, I never went to burger joints, but here I sniffily take the occasional McDonald’s. They taste better, and now I know why.”

    The Brits take the concept of “fast food”, remove both the fast & the food & hand you what remains with a sullen sneer.

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    “The Other Bloke in Italy
    August 18, 2015 at 10:53 am

    When I was still in Britain, I never went to burger joints, but here I sniffily take the occasional McDonald’s. They taste better, and now I know why.”

    The only time I’ve voluntarily entered a McDonald’s was when I found out the the one in Celle sold beer and it was a decent German Pilsner. On all the other occasions I had to grumpily wait for my wife and son to take forever to get through those damned milk shakes.

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