September 11, 2014

U.S. kids get way too much salt, CDC finds

It puts children and teens at risk of high blood pressure and heart disease – both conditions more associated with middle age. But they’re hitting children and teens more often, and salt is often to blame.Studies clearly show that eating a lot of salt can raise blood pressure – not in every single person, but in a significant percentage of the population. The latest survey of what kids eat shows that more than 90 percent of them are eating far too much salt. And they are not getting it from the salt shaker, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Most American kids are getting far too much salt in their food – about a third more than is recommended, federal health officials said Tuesday. Read More

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