According to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the exact level of how salty fast food is varies from country to country.

Elizabeth Dunford of the Georgia Institute for Global Health in Australia led the study and said she and her colleagues found that the salt content of fast foods in the U.S. and Canada was generally higher than in other parts of the world.

An example cited in the report found that one serving of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets came with 1.5 grams of salt in the United States and 1.7 grams of salt in Canada. That’s compared to 0.6 grams of salt in the UK. Australia, France and New Zealand all fell in between those totals.

The fast food industry is disputing the results as a McDonald’s spokesperson said the study used data from 2010 and that they have already reduced sodium in a majority of their menu in the U.S. since then.



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