Our children are still getting too much salt in their diet. Not only is it bad for children now, but it can make things worse for them as they get older. This is because more than the daily recommended intake of sodium, or salt, can cause heart problems and high blood pressure for them as they grow into adulthood.
According to Science Daily, nine out of 10 children are getting way too much sodium in their diets these days. The report states that their daily doses come from school and home. However, there is more salt in the food at school because the food has sodium in it before it is cooked since it is prepared with salt. It is also then prepared and cooked with salt again by the cooks in the school before it is fed to the kids.
Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied 2,142 children between the ages of six and 18. The researchers found that the average amount of salt consumed by kids each day is 3,156 mg. However, this doesn’t include salt added at the table after they get their food and decide they want to add some more to it. That is definitely too much for them and can give them a lot of health problems as they grow up and become adults.
According to the research by the CDC, the recommended daily intake of sodium for children is only between 1,900 and 2,300 mgs, but this depends on their age as well. The research also found that children get 39 percent of their salt at dinner, 31 percent was gotten at lunch, 16 percent came from the snacks they consume during the day, and 14 percent came from their morning breakfast before they start their day.
The research also found that because of so much sodium intake currently among children, some already have high blood pressure. This increases their chances of having worse high blood pressure when they get older as well as developing heart disease and even having a stroke once grown.
WebMD reports that kids are getting most of their high sodium intake from the processed foods in school and from grocery stores. Foods with high sodium include bread, pizza, cold cuts such as lunch meat and cheese, and processed snacks and soups.
Consumer Affairs tells us there are ways families can reduce their kids’ intake of so much sodium. One way is to check the nutrition labels on the food before making a purchase. You should look for foods that contain less sodium or have no salt added. If your local store does not stock lower sodium or no salt added foods, you can ask a manager to stock the items for you. The best types of lower sodium foods are those that contain less than 140 mgs of salt added.
By Clarissa Wilson