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Study Shows Children Are Eating Same Amount of Salt As Adults; Seeing Same Health Risks

Food IndustryU.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionGiant Food, LLCDiabetes

According to a new study published by the CDC children are eating as much salt as adults.  Researchers say they are getting about 1,000 milligrams too much. Even in children the extra sodium is linked to higher blood pressure and diabetes, with obese and overweight children at the highest risk.

The recommended daily salt or sodium intake for kids and adults is no more than 1 teaspoon daily, or about 2,300 milligrams.

Sarah Glunz, a nutritionist with Giant Food Stores says the biggest culprit is packaged and processed foods. "We get about 75% of our sodium from packaged processed foods and eating out in restaurants. All the packaged processed foods we eat rely on sodium for them to taste good and for them to be preserved."

"It’s in convenience foods, like cereal, breads, things like lunchables and macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets all the things that kids love that’s where we find sodium." She says in things like cereals parent should be comparing labels, and looking for 140 milligrams or less per serving. Some good choices include Cheerios and shredded wheat cereal.

The most obvious solution she says is fruits and vegetables. "Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables while slowly eliminating processed and packaged foods. If you have a child that you know loves peanut butter, have them eat an apple with peanut butter rather than crackers or bread or something like that. Try to encourage them to do vegetables with different kinds of dips.  Even if the dips may have some sodium we know that the vegetables really don’t so we can keep that to a minimum."

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