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Fast-food salads are no better than burgers

01 December 2005

Salads served at fast-food joints are no healthier than the burgers, according to consumer watchdog Which?

The Consumer Association's investigation revealed that salads from some fast-food chains contained as much - and in some cases more - salt and fat than regular menu options, despite their high-profile campaigns to the contrary.

The big four - McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Burger King - all came under fire from the report, which used laboratory tests to expose
menus loaded with salt and saturated fat.

KFC defended its healthy options, saying that any discrepancies with its website on fat and salt levels could be the result of "over-portioning" at some stores.

A spokesperson said: "We recently took the decision not to add salt to our fries and it is now the consumer's choice as to whether they add salt or not."

Which? also found McDonald's grilled chicken salad with balsamic dressing and croutons contained more fat than a Big Mac with fries.

A spokesperson from McDonald's UK said: "It's important to note all dressings and croutons are served in sachets so customers can add as little or as much as they choose."

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