Diabetes Forecast

Kids Eat Too Much Salt

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,
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American kids eat too much salt, which puts them at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease later in life. In a nationwide survey of nearly 2,400 U.S. children ages 6 to 18, the average daily sodium intake was 3,279 milligrams—far more than the government’s target of less than 2,300 milligrams daily. Top sources of sodium included pizza, bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, savory snacks (such as chips and pretzels), and popcorn. Children who reported having eaten a school meal the past day consumed more than a quarter of their total sodium at school. But eating habits could improve this school year because new national rules have called for reduced sodium in all foods sold in schools.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published online Sept. 9, 2014



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