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The Hungry Jacks Angus - Angry

published  First Published: 25/11/2009
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
Every "Double Angry Angus Burger" contains 5.6 grams of salt - that's nearly one and a half times the 4g daily salt target for adults set by the nation's health authority.
Professor Bruce Neal, chair of the Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health (AWASH), has accused the fast food chain of recklessness and undermining the broader industry's effort to cut salt from their menu offerings.
"A number of fast food companies in Australia have been reducing salt levels and these companies are to be commended," said Prof Neal, who is also senior director at the Sydney-based The George Institute.
"However, the launch of products such as Hungry Jack's Double Angry (Angus) Burger seriously undermines the industry's efforts so far."
"Hungry Jack's appears to have little commitment to the health of their consumers (and) in the context of our national obesity crisis, this type of product is reckless."
Too much salt in the diet is the primary cause of high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The high salt content of a Double Angry Angus Burger comes from its combination of bread, bacon, cheese and sauces while the burger also contains 26 grams of saturated fat.
A rival burger - McDonald's Mighty Angus Burger - was also found to contain high levels of salt but it was lower than the Hungry Jack's offering at 3.4 grams.
Prof Neal said that because many Australian households ate out up to four times a week, the fast food industry had a responsibility to improve the nutritional value of its offerings.
Research by The George Institute in 2008 showed three quarters of burgers sold by leading fast food chains in Australia provided more than half the recommended daily amount of salt "in one hit".
Prof Neal said the latest case highlighted the need for government to establish maximum salt targets for processed foods and to consider introducing a new system of warning labels.
In Finland, foods that contain high levels of salt must, by law, display a specific warning on the front of the pack.
"Products such as the Double Angry Angus Burger should carry a high salt warning," Prof Neal said.
Hungry Jack's was not immediately available for comment.
4 Corn Dusted Bun: Wheat Flour, Water, Baker's Yeast, Canola Oil, Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Salt, CorPolenta, Vinegar, Soy Flour, Emulsifiers (481, 472e, 471), Vitamin(Thiamin).
Angus Patty: Beef (97.7%), Seasoning (gluten).
Bacon: Pork Meat (Minimum 66%), Salt, Sugar, Mineral Salts (451), Antioxidant (316), Sodium Nitrate (250), Wood Smoked.
Cheese: Milk, Cream, Milk Solids Non Fat, Food Acid (270, 331), Salt, Mineral Salt(339), Colour (160b), Preservative (200), Spice, Starter Culture, Enzymes.
Angry Onions: Onions, Wheat Flour (gluten), Vegetable Oil (Canola), Rice Flour, Salt, Tapioca Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavours, Dried Yeast, Gum Arabic, Xanthan Gum.
Mayo: Soybean Oil, Egg Yolks, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Sugar, Mustard Flour, Tocopherol.
Ketchup: Concentrated Tomatoes, Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Spice Extracts.
Mustard: Water, Vinegar, Mustard Flour, Salt, Maize Thickener (1422), Tumeric.
Allergen Declaration:
Contains Wheat (gluten), Soy, Egg, Milk Products.
Bun may contain Sesame Seeds.



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