Children's Salt Consumption

Monday, January 09, 2017

American childrens high salt intake puts them at risk for heart disease later in life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nearly 90 percent of American children consume more than the recommended amount of salt for their age.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention blamed sodium-heavy breads, pizza, cold cuts, processed snacks and soups as being among the major culprits.

The researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 children, aged 6 to 18. The kids average salt intake was 3,256 milligrams a day, not including salt added at the table, the investigators found.

Recommended salt intake for children varies from 1,900 to 2,300 milligrams a day, depending on age.

Dinner accounted for 39 percent of childrens salt intake and lunch for 31 percent, the study found. Breakfast and snacks each provided roughly 15 percent of salt intake.

The best way to reduce salt intake is to check the Nutrition Facts panel on packages and look for no-salt-added or lower-sodium versions. Also, children and adults should eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables without added sodium or sauces.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.