Lots of Over-Salted Kids


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

National survey data indicate about 90 percent of young people ages 6 to 18 get too much sodium even before salt is added at the table. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 in 6 had above-normal blood pressure.

The CDC says most sodium came in processed and restaurant foods, and more than 40 percent came from 10 types – notably, pizza, breads, lunch meats, and snacks, like chips.

Researcher Dr. Mary Cogswell:

“The taste for salt is established at an early age by what children eat, and eating too much sodium can set children up for high blood pressure now, and heart disease and stroke later.”

The data are in the Vital Signs of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.


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