Are your kids getting too much salt in their diets?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new research on sodium intake, in which they observed the sodium intake and blood pressure of 6,235 U.S. children and adolescents.

According to the findings, boys consume more sodium than girls do and lowering this intake -- while increasing exercise -- can help to reduce elevated blood pressure in children and teens.

Providing our young children and teens with a healthy well-balanced diet should be taken seriously. From my experience, it seems like most parents are focused on giving their family foods that include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, hormone free meats and milk, and limited simple sugars. We now can reference the scientifically sound data about sodium and kids from the CDC to learn how diet impacts our children’s health.

There is more information about this important topic on Modern Mom.  To note, after posting these research findings, I have used far less salt in my cooking and noted sodium content in prepared foods that I like.  Also learned that when you cut down on salt, taste buds change.  More flavors are appreciated and too much sodium becomes less pleasing.  

Would love to know what you think!


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