90 percent of U.S. kids eat too much salt

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 90 percent of American kids consume an too much salt every day, mostly from processed foods.

The CDC conducted national surveys in 2009 to 2010 to evaluate the amount of sodium kids consume per day. While dietary guidelines recommend 2,300 mg of sodium per day, the study found that the average American child consumed 3,300 mg of sodium daily. The study found that most of the sodium intake came from eating foods bought in stores where the sodium was already included rather than through children adding table salt.

The study warned that unless sodium consumption is reduced, the risk of today's children developing health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, heart problems, and stroke will increase. The study also found that one in six young Americans already has elevated blood pressure.

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Sourced from: Reuters Health News, Sodium conundrum: Nine in 10 U.S. children eat too much salt