Saltiest Fast Foods In America: Did Your Fave Restaurant Make The List?

Feb 22, 2016 04:51 AM EST | By Shilpa Chakravorty

Fast foods, as the name suggests, come with a pretty bad reputation for the health enthusiasts.

This is because, generally, fast foods are loaded with fat, calories, cholesterol and contains little to no nutrients. However, there's one ingredient which is totally ignored by everyone, and that is the sodium content in the fast foods.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the sodium content should be limited to about 2,400 milligrams per day or about one tablespoon of salt.

However, according to reports from Fox News, average Americans tend to consume approximately 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, which can be linked to high blood pressure. Moreover, the bulk of the sodium, which is consumed, comes from the packaged foods and the restaurant food.

Here are some of the fast food chains, which serve foods containing the salt above the recommended levels.

#1: Pizza Hut

Presently, the Meat Lovers 9" Personal PANormous Pizza, from Pizza Hut is on top of the list of saltiest foods, according to The Daily Meal. It contains approximately 3,670 milligrams of sodium which is 1,000 milligrams higher than the daily recommended dose.

#2: Subway

Subway's tasty Spicy Italian is loaded with cured meats, which are a rich source of sodium. Other than that, salami, pepperoni, and cheese, which are included in the sandwich contain approximately 2,980 milligrams of sodium.

#3: Hardee's

Hardee's comes in third with its ⅔ Lb. Monster Thickburger, which is perhaps the unhealthiest food on the planet with 2,820 milligrams of sodium and 95 grams of fat. However, if you love eating at Hardee's you can definitely try out ¼ Lb. Little Thick Cheeseburger, which is tasty and with lower sodium content.

#4: Sonic

Although Sonic tries to stay on the safe side with its meals, yet the chili cheese tots contain 2,760 milligrams of sodium and 59 grams of fat.

#5: Taco Bell

The Smothered Beef Burrito might be delicious, but it is not healthy enough for regular consumption, as it contains 2,260 milligrams of sodium. The Chicken Burrito, on the other hand, is a safer food.

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