Nine in 10 U.S. children eat too much salt


Reuters: A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 90% of American children ages 6 to 18 consume too much sodium daily.

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Reuters: A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 90% of American children ages 6 to 18 consume too much sodium daily.

Those children eat an average of about 3,300 mg of sodium daily even before salt is added at the table, according to the CDC study based on national surveys in 2009 and 2010. That exceeds dietary guidelines calling for less than 2,300 mg per day.

The CDC noted that one in six young Americans already has elevated blood pressure – a condition closely linked to high sodium intake and obesity that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

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