Five Disgusting Fast Food Meals That Are Still Less Salty than Hospital Food

July 17, 2012 6:00 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Yikes. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Your good friends at FoodNRecipe are giving you another reason to cringe at hospitals.

According to the results of a study released by the University of Toronto on Monday, July 16 2012, the mean sodium level in standard, unselected regular menus (meaning the patron did not select his food and was served a meal curated by the staff) in hospitals was 2,896 milligrams. Of all menus surveyed, a whopping 86% greatly exceeded the maximum recommended sodium intake level of 2,300 mg.

So not only is hospital food objectively bad-tasting, it's also dangerously salty.

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To understand that number in some context, let's take a look at some other foods that run the risk of overwhelming your system with salt.

1. The KFC Double Down

This garishly unhealthy sandwich has approximately 1380 mg of sodium in it, well under the recommended daily intake level of 2,300 mg. It's also less than half of the average sodium in a hospital meal. We think you'll be with us when we say: "Yikes."

2. The McDonald's Big Mac

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and only 1040 milligrams of sodium. I say "only" only because it doesn't even come close to the amount of salty stuff in hospital food.

3. Burger King's Whopper with Cheese

A Whopper with cheese will give your body 1430 mg of good ole fashioned Na. As high as that is, we're still not even close to the sodium levels reported by this most recent study.

4. The Wendy's Baconator

The Wendy's Baconator has 2020 milligrams of sodium in it. It's pretty understandable, considering that it has about a half a pound of beef, tons of bacon, butter, mayo, and cheese. But even clocking in at a whopping 2020, it's still way under the mean sodium amount in our hospital food!

5. The P'Zone from Pizza Hut

No list of deadly fast foods would be complete without the P'Zone, Pizza Hut's belly-busting answer to the question: how do I stuff a whole pizza into a calzone? And clocking in at a whopping 1480 milligrams puts it in dangerous territory, for sure, but no where near as dangerous as the stuff our doctors give us where we need it most.

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