CDC: Nine of 10 American Kids Eat Too Much Salt

Almost half of daily intake comes from the 10 foods they eat most

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study authors drew their conclusions using data from more than 2,000 children who participated in the CDC's 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

On average, kids aged 6 to 18 eat 3,300 milligrams of sodium a day, even before salt is added at the table, the researchers found. Approximately 65 percent comes tucked inside store foods, 13 percent is from fast food and pizza restaurant foods, and 9 percent is from school cafeteria foods. About 43 percent of the salt ingested by children comes from the 10 foods they eat most often, the CDC found. These foods include pizza, bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties and nuggets, pasta dishes, Mexican dishes, and soups.

Current dietary guidelines recommend that children eat less than 2,300 milligrams per day.

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