CDC has issued a warning after a new study revealed children consume too much salt, much more than their body and age requires of them.
The research was undertaken by the CDC or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was based on data gathered in between 2011 – 2012 by the NHANES or National Health and Nutrition Examination.
The study results, which were released in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on November 3, showed that more than 90 percent of the American children eat too much salt.
The study included data on children aged 6 to 18 and showed that whilst all children consume more sodium than they would actually need, the highest surpassing of the recommended quantity was registered in boys, with girls consuming much less.
As the recommended quantity of salt to be consumed by children is somewhere in between 1,900 – 2,300 milligrams, the average values consumed by the children per day was of 3,256 milligrams.
The study’s lead author Dr. Zerleen S. Quader, who is an MPH and data analysts for the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention instituted by the CDC, declared that the research is part of the center’s mission of reducing the nationwide cardiovascular diseases risk.
One of the CDC’s key public health strategies targets the reduction of the nation’s sodium consumption. That is to say, the CDC is trying to stop residents from eating too much salt, as sodium is found in mostly everything.
The study went to reveal that 58 percent of the children’s sodium consumption was based on grocery store purchases, with the very blamed pizza and fast food restaurant only accounting for 16 percent of the quantity.
As the NHANES survey did not include table salt, the research went to show that the varied available pre-packaged and processed food options are much more to blame for the increased sodium quantity.
It also went to show that the top 10 foods which include too much salt are all based on added sodium, all except for milk.
As according to the study most children aged 8 to 17 years old are most likely already registering higher than recommended levels of sodium, this can lead to blood pressure levels which is much too high for their sex, age, and height.
If measures are not taken, most of them could come to be affected by hypertension by the time they become adults.
Parents seeking to combat the too much salt tendencies can take a few simple steps so as to try to control the sodium consumption levels.
One such measure would be to vary the children’s food habits and add in more vegetables and fruits. Another would be to check the products they buy from the grocery store and try purchasing no or at least low sodium added products.
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